DDoS Protection Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The DDoS Protection Market is segmented by Component (Solution, Service), Deployment Type (Cloud, On-premise, Hybrid), Size of Enterprise (Small and Medium Enterprises, Large Enterprises), End-user Industry (Government and Defense, BFSI, IT and Telecommunication, Healthcare, Retail, Media and Entertainment), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

ddos protection market
Study Period:

2018 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


14.9 %

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Market Overview

The DDOS Protection Market ix expected to register a CAGR of 14.9% over the forecast period from 2021 to 2026. According to Corero, the DDoS attacks are expected to grow to approximately 17 million by 2020, with an average attack size approaching 1Gbps. This alarming growth in the number of network attacks is expected to be a significant driver for the adoption of DDoS protection solutions. The threat of DDoS is driven by ready access to easy-to-use tools and by a more comprehensive criminal understanding of its potential for profit through extortion. These attacks directly target business systems and individuals, which could potentially lead to enormous financial and personal losses. This further increases the importance of a robust DDoS protection tool.

  • According to Cloudflare, the financial cost of a DDoS is significant as falling victim to a DDoS attack can cost an organization of around USD 100,000 for every hour the strike lasts, further fueling the demand for DDoS protection solutions. It is also reported that a significant number of unplanned datacenters outages have been due to cybercrime (DDoS) attacks, further driving the demand for DDoS protection solutions in data centers. Cloudflare said that 92% of the DDoS attacks it mitigated in Q1 2020 were under 10 Gbps and that 47% were even smaller, of under 500 Mbps.
  • At the time of the 2018 attacks took place, Memcached was a new DDoS attack vector, and many hacker groups and DDoS-for-hire services rushed to abuse more than 100,000 Memcached servers to create havoc around the internet. However, in the meantime, massive DDoS attacks have become a rarity, primarily due to internet service providers (ISPs), content delivery networks (CDNs), and other major internet players are working together to secure vulnerable Memcached systems. For example, in its quarterly report for Q1 2020, DDoS mitigation service Link11 reported that the most massive DDoS attack it mitigated was 406 Gbps. In its Q1 2020 DDoS statement, Cloudflare said the most significant DDoS attack it mitigated peaked at over 550 Gbps.
  • Amazon said its AWS Shield service mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, stopping a 2.3 Tbps attack in mid-February 2020. The incident was disclosed in the company's AWS Shield Threat Landscape, a report detailing web attacks mitigated by Amazon's AWS Shield protection service. The report was not able to identify the targeted AWS customer but was able to conclude that the attack was carried out using hijacked CLDAP web servers and caused three days of significant threat for its AWS Shield staff. CLDAP (Connection-less Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is an alternative to the older LDAP protocol and is used to connect, search, and modify Internet-shared directories.
  • Since the beginning of 2020, due to the COVID-2019 pandemic, life has shifted almost entirely to the Web. People worldwide are now working, studying, and shopping online like never before. This is reflected in the goals of recent DDoS attacks, with the most targeted resources in first quarter of 2020 being websites of medical organizations, delivery services, and gaming and educational platforms. For instance, the food delivery services Lieferando (Germany) and Thuisbezorgd (Netherlands) found themselves in a more awkward situation. DDoS attacks on both companies meant that although they could accept orders, they could not process them and had to return customers' money. The cybercriminals targeting Lieferando demanded 2 BTC (over USD 13,000) to halt the DDoS.

Scope of the Report

The threat and potential impact of network DDoS attacks are changing. Attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and variable to avoid detection and mitigation. Although volumetric attacks remain frequent, application-specific attacks and targeted, short-burst, high-intensity attacks are increasing in frequency. DDoS protection's objective is to eliminate the downtime and increase site availability, thus keeping business performing efficiently and productively. The scope of the study considers both DDoS Protection solutions and services. On-premise, cloud, and hybrid solutions have been recognized as part of the scope. The application of DDoS protection solutions on major end-user industries such as Government and Defense, BSFI, IT & Telecom, among others, has also been considered as part of the study.

Deployment Type
Size of Enterprise
Small and Medium Enterprises
Large Enterprises
End-user Industry
Government and Defense
IT & Telecommunication
Media & Entertainment
Other End-user Industries
North America
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

BFSI is Expected to Hold a Significant Share

  • The BFSI sector is one of the critical infrastructure segments that suffers from several data breaches and cyber-attacks, owing to the large customer base that the industry serves and the financial information at stake. The financial service institutions have been identified four times more susceptible to cyberattacks than in other sectors, which is expected to drive the demand for such solutions. DDoS attacks can make banking websites unavailable, resulting in reputation damage, lost revenues, and a loss in customer confidence. DDoS attacks commonly used against large business organizations or banks, which could cause problems with a business reputation if users do not know why a website or service is down.
  • In February 2020, the Australian Cyber Security Center (ACSC) warned that Australia's financial sector should brace for the potential of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are intended to jam a service by sending overwhelming amounts of traffic. While such attacks can be devastating for smaller organizations, banks, and financial institutions, usually have adequate defenses in place to minimize disruption. The group behind the threats was calling themselves "Silence Hacking Crew," but the ACSC also advised it has been unable to verify that as well. In 2019, Silence was suspected of compromising the systems of Dutch-Banga Bank in Bangladesh, resulting in the loss of around USD 3 million, and Omsk IT Bank in Russia, causing the damage of approximately USD 400,000.
  • In May 2020, Radware had helped to lead Turkish bank Garanti BBVA maintain availability and security during two major crises in the past six months, a history-making volumetric attack followed soon after by the disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In October 2019, Radware played a significant role in helping Garanti BBVA maintain service level availability as massive DDoS attacks disrupted internet access throughout Turkey. During the campaign, the bank faced a 700-900 Mpps volumetric attack that lasted for almost 36 hours. Radware also played a prominent role in helping the bank maintain compliance with stringent Turkish security regulations on financial institutions as it managed a sharp increase in the number of remote employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • South African banks have been experiencing a constant campaign of distributed DDoS attacks as part of rising ransom-driven incidents in the country throughout October 2019. The South African Banking Risk Information Centre gave repeated warnings for the banks in the country regarding the repeated attacks of this nature, and that ransom notes had been delivered to several staff email addresses. These attacks appear to have begun sometime early in the month. The DDoS attacks are expected to be focusing on the public-facing elements of South African banks. This attack type is not a data breach risk to sensitive customer data or financial information, as its primary aim is to knock bank servers offline by pestering them with constant requests from thousands of devices.
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North America is Expected to Hold Major Share

  • The United States also accounts for the origination for 30% of the global DDoS attacks, which is likely to increase attacks against the country's end-user industries, further driving the demand for DDoS protection solutions. Moreover, cyberattacks in the North American region, especially in the United States, are rising rapidly. They have reached an all-time high, primarily owing to the rapidly increasing number of connected devices in the region. In the United States, consumers are using public clouds, and many of their mobile applications are preloaded with personal information for the convenience of banking, shopping, communication, etc. In recent years, companies in the region have witnessed significant DDoS attacks, which has resulted in tremendous awareness related to protection solutions.
  • In February 2020, Linode, LLC, an American privately-owned cloud hosting company that provides virtual private servers, announced the availability of its DDoS protection service across its network for detection and mitigation of DDoS attacks. It had faced Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in the past when attackers used application-based and volumetric attacks against their webservers, nameservers, and network infrastructure. Since then, Linode has used various approaches, including Cloudflare, for protecting their nameservers, increasing their network capacity, and now building their DDoS mitigation infrastructure, which is based on Juniper and Corero.
  • According to CompTIA, a recent report estimated that there were more than 175,000 DDoS attacks in the United States in March 2020. Attackers in mid-March 2020 tried to disable the website of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The attack's purpose seemed to deprive citizens of access to official data about the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken against it. Unknown cyber criminals spread misinformation in social networks and via text and e-mail about the introduction of a nationwide quarantine in the United States. The attempt failed where the HHS website continued to function, despite the increased load.
  • 2020 will see the next US presidential election, and DDoS attacks always accompany the runup to it. For example, voter registration and information website were hit in early February 2020. The attackers deployed the PRSD (pseudorandom subdomain attack) technique to send multiple requests to non-existent subdomains of the site. However, the DDoS attempt failed as the resource was protected against attacks of this kind. A part of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, the DDoS Intelligence system of the company, intercepts and analyzes commands received by bots from C&C servers. In the first quarter of 2020, most C&C servers were registered in the United States with 39.93%.
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Competitive Landscape

The DDoS Protection Market primarily comprises multiple domestic and international players, in quite a moderately fragmented and competitive environment. Technological advancements in the DDoS Protection market are also bringing significant competitive advantage to the companies, and the market is also witnessing multiple partnerships and mergers.

  • May 2020 - HT Media selected Radware’s Attack Mitigation Solution for the protection of the data centers that store its massive archive of news and photographs and added Cloud DDoS protection to its on-premise DDoS protection. Founded in 1924 with its flagship newspaper inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, HT Media has more than 3.7 million readers across India.
  • March 2020 - Akamai introduced the latest enhancements to its Prolexic Routed DDoS scrubbing service that shows the changing environment of the threat landscape and capitalizes on cloud functionality to enable the maximum possible customer flexibility using the latest deployment models. Among the standout new features in Prolexic Routed is the unique ability to protect cloud deployments.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Instances of Sophisticated DDoS Attacks

      2. 5.1.2 Introduction of Cost-effective Cloud-based and Hybrid Solutions

      3. 5.1.3 Proliferation of Technology and Adoption of IoT across Various Verticals

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Increasing Operational Costs



    1. 7.1 Component

      1. 7.1.1 Solution

      2. 7.1.2 Service

    2. 7.2 Deployment Type

      1. 7.2.1 Cloud

      2. 7.2.2 On-premise

      3. 7.2.3 Hybrid

    3. 7.3 Size of Enterprise

      1. 7.3.1 Small and Medium Enterprises

      2. 7.3.2 Large Enterprises

    4. 7.4 End-user Industry

      1. 7.4.1 Government and Defense

      2. 7.4.2 IT & Telecommunication

      3. 7.4.3 Healthcare

      4. 7.4.4 Retail

      5. 7.4.5 BFSI

      6. 7.4.6 Media & Entertainment

      7. 7.4.7 Other End-user Industries

    5. 7.5 Geography

      1. 7.5.1 North America

      2. 7.5.2 Europe

      3. 7.5.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 7.5.4 Rest of the World


    1. 8.1 Company Profiles

      1. 8.1.1 Arbor Networks Inc. (NetScout Systems Inc.)

      2. 8.1.2 Akamai Technologies Inc.

      3. 8.1.3 F5 Networks Inc.

      4. 8.1.4 Imperva Inc.

      5. 8.1.5 Radware Ltd

      6. 8.1.6 Corero Network Security Inc.

      7. 8.1.7 Neustar Inc.

      8. 8.1.8 Cloudflare Inc.

      9. 8.1.9 Nexusguard Ltd

      10. 8.1.10 Dosarrest Internet Security Ltd

      11. 8.1.11 Verisign Inc.

      12. 8.1.12 DOSarrest Internet Security Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The DDoS Protection Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The DDoS Protection Market is growing at a CAGR of 14.9% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

  • Arbor Networks Inc. (NetScout Systems Inc.)
  • Akamai Technologies Inc.
  • F5 Networks Inc.
  • Radware Ltd
  • Corero Network Security Inc.

Are the major companies operating in DDoS Protection Market.

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