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It’s no surprise that two of the most powerful countries in the world are the biggest targets for cyber attacks. According to the Akamai Report published in early 2015, an astounding 60 percent of internet connections are broadband around the world as of the 2014 holidays. Akamai’s State of the Internet Report reveals that the average speed stayed above the threshold for broadband for two consecutive quarters in 2014, and it’s on target to reach a third quarter come March. This was a surprise, considering that overall the average peak speeds have slightly decreased.

China's full of "red flags" when it comes to cyber attacks, but internet speed is also on the rise. (Photo: Flickr, Vin Crosbie).

China’s full of “red flags” when it comes to cyber attacks, but internet speed is also on the rise. (Photo: Flickr, Vin Crosbie).

There are also a number of other trends highlighted in the report, including regional trends around the country. Overall, more people and areas are adopting broadband as well as “high broadband”. There’s also a shift towards “4k readiness”, and while attacks increased in the US the major spike was in China—in fact, it makes up a whopping 50 percent of all attack traffic in the world!

 

(No) Surprise Attacks

The good news is there are also areas where attacks are on the decline, including Indonesia which enjoyed a 15 percent drop to level off at just under two percent. According to customers of Akamai, there were 270 DDoS attacks during the third quarter of 2014, which is the same as 2013. However, even though there was a 25 percent rise in Asia Pacific attacks in 2014, the overall number (taking in all quarters and countries) remained level.

In total, only nine countries have failed to up the adoption of broadband rates, and a number of countries you wouldn’t normally associate with speeds made great moves forward last year. In Indonesia, broadband adoption rose by more than 1,800 percent (bringing it to 35 percent) and Slovakia adopted a “high broadband” mobile speed connection which is defined as more than 10 Mbps.

 

What the Report Really Reveals

According to the report’s editor, David Belson, “One need only look to the sheer number of connected device- and smart home-related announcements that came out of the 2015 International CES to see that consumers are continuing to adopt and expect more from the connected technology and services. The strong year-over-year growth trends illustrated in this quarter’s report shows that the Internet is evolving and expanding to meet the growing demands of our increasingly connected lifestyles.”

Just take a look at the “muscled” stock market entries by all those big data and cloud providers at the end of the year. Is another tech bubble around the market? A lot of people think so, which puts web hosts and related providers in a great position. After all, internet speed is a must for a successful website, and there’s only so much a web host can offer without it. It’s crucial for search engine optimization, mobile readiness and a positive user experience.

Attacks might be up in some regards, but hopefully a thing or two was learned from those preventable attacks of last year.

Category : General, Web Hosting, Web Security

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