Cyberattacks continued to rise in 2021 even though ecommerce sales saw a minor dip compared to 2020. According to industry reports, more than half of all cyberattacks on ecommerce websites in 2021 were carried out by bots, including sophisticated bad bots that can mimic human behavior. With many ecommerce platforms bundling just a traditional WAF (web application firewall) as the only line of defense against bot attacks, sophisticated bots are triggering fraud and account takeovers (ATO) with ease.
September 2021 recorded an unprecedented rise in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks across ecommerce platforms, attributed by the ecommerce security community to the “Meris” bot. DDoS attacks spiked on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with some reports stating the YoY increase in 2021 was over 200%.
Bot attacks accounted for 68% of all attacks on Webscale customers in November 2021. During the 2021 holiday season, Webscale defended against malicious bots with more than 76 million denial or redirect responses. With most attack types growing, and omnichannel ambition of merchants literally making the perimeter borderless, we decided to evaluate merchants and their developers for their security posture and readiness to detect and defeat complex and evolving threats.
The report is the outcome of one of the most comprehensive security-focused surveys conducted in the ecommerce industry, engaging 1890 ecommerce professionals, including merchants and developers, to understand their state of security in 2021, what gaps they identified in their defense, and where they intend to focus and invest in 2022 and beyond.
It’s absolutely free for ecommerce professionals, and available for download here. But if you prefer a quick reference card, the infographic below highlights the key metrics. Please feel free to share.
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By all accounts, 2022 is on its way to becoming yet another banner year for cybercrime targeting online storefronts. Are you prepared? Do you know what you need in your arsenal to defend against today’s complex threats? If you’d like to speak to one of our ecommerce security specialists, drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll conduct a free assessment of your storefront.