JLT Specialty comment on US East Coast Cyber Attack Blackout 21 October 2016

21 October 2016

Commenting on the Cyber Attack black out on the East Coast, Sarah Stephens, Head of Cyber, Media and E&O, JLT Specialty, said:

“While exact details of today’s enormous Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on systems run by Dyn Inc are still unknown, netizens globally are reeling from the denial of access to some of their favourite websites. Twitter, Spotify, and Airbnb are just a few of the household websites reporting outages and downtime after the Domain Name System (DNS), a tool which acts as an internet directory directing web addresses to the right site, was overcome by a huge surge in traffic.

“The proliferation of DDoS attacks has become a major problem for companies as they struggle to defend their IT networks. A recent study by Akamai Technologies, reported a 125% increase in DDoS attacks since 2015, while it was only last month that Brian Krebs, a prominent cyber security blogger, saw his website knocked offline by a similar style attack.

“Most websites will use one or more forms of DDoS protection such as Cloudflare, however today's outage is proof that even with the best mitigation in place attacks can still cause significant outages. This is why it's so important to consider both technology-based cyber risk mitigation and financial insurance-based cyber risk transfer in a holistic cyber protection plan.

“The business interruption caused by a DDoS attack can cause significant loss of income and reputational harm to a business, particularly one that so many people rely on daily. Cyber insurance can help companies recover from the financial impact of both these eventualities.

“The extent of today’s fall out remains to be seen, but the increasing frequency and severity of these attacks is a timely reminder to management that cyber insurance is a powerful weapon in their arsenal to help mitigate the costs associated with a sudden attack.”

Notes to Editor


JLT Specialty Limited

Corinne Gladstone, PR Manager| T: +44 (0)20 7895 7705| E: corinne_gladstone@jltgroup.com

Smithfield Consultant:

Julia Cooke | T: +44 (0)20 7903 0631| E: jcooke@smithfieldgroup.com

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