Akamai, a global content delivery network (CDN) provider, collects huge volumes of data related to broadband connectivity and cloud security in particular, and uses it to publish its quarterly State of the Internet Report.
The report, which is in its 9th year of publication, contains extensive information on Internet connection speeds, network connectivity and IPv6 adoption progress. Highlights from the connectivity section of the Q1 2016 report include:
- The global average connection speed and the global average peak connection speed is 6.3 Mbps and 34.7 Mbps respectively
- South Korea leads the way with an average connection speed of 29.0 Mbps
- Singapore has the highest average peak connection speed of 146.9 Mbps
- South Korea beats the rest of the world again in the section illustrating global leaders with the highest percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai with average connection speeds above four separate thresholds
- Belgium has the highest percentage (36%) of content requests made to Akamai over IPv6
Akamai’s cloud security component of its State of the Internet Report combines DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack data on the routed network with web application and DDoS attack data from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Compared to Q1 2015, there was a 125% increase in DDos attacks, driven primarily by repeat attacks. The average number of attacks per target in Q1 of 2016 was 29, compared to 15 in Q1 of 2015, and 55% of the attacks were aimed at gaming companies.
Web application attacks rose by nearly 26%, there was a 2% decrease in web application attacks over http and a staggering 236% increase in web application attacks over https. There was also an 87% increase in SQLi (SQL injection) attacks.
For the first time, Akamai incorporated a bot activity analysis in its State of the Internet Report. Over a 24 hour period, it tracked and analysed more than 2 trillion bot requests and concluded that 50% of the bot requests were malicious.
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See more on the report here.