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Cybersecurity for G20

The G20 Summit 2016 in China was attended by world leaders from 20 major economies between September 3 to 6. NSFOCUS, a cyber security firm, was commissioned by China’s Ministry of Public Security to provide 24×7 cyber-security protection for networks and applications associated with the Summit. The cyber firm says that it defended against 133,254 attacks targeting the G20 network.

Dr Richard Zhao, SVP of Global Threat Research, NSFOCUS, said: “Securing an event of the size and prominence of G20 is an enormous undertaking. Cybercrime is evolving with hackers moving beyond traditional attacks to more advanced threats, and geopolitical conferences are always an ideal target for malicious activity. In order to combat these threats and ensure the security of the summit, NSFOCUS took a holistic approach and implemented an integrated and layered security solution to protect the G20. As a result, the event carried on as planned, and the striking number of incoming attacks did not disrupt activities.”

During the event in Hangzhou, pictured, NSFOCUS secured 12,728 web applications and key pages linked to the summit, while at the same time defending 359,830 other critical business systems owned by NSFOCUS customers. NSFOCUS detailed the cyber attacks:

Beginning September 1, NSFOCUS mitigated more than two million web attacks, including, 133,254 attacks targeting the G20 network.

It mitigated an additional 1.9 million attacks targeting organisations who provided other services to the G20 summit.

It defended against 1,984 DDoS attacks targeting the G20 network, protecting against 41.2 TB of total malicious traffic.

It guarded against 169,919 web attacks on G20 and G20-affiliated networks, and discovered 611,356 vulnerabilities, of which 190 were high-risk, prior to the start of the summit. Attacks originating from the US, Russia, and Brazil were the most prevalent.

Zhao added: “During the course of the conference, NSFOCUS protected G20 assets and customers against a non-stop barrage of attacks.Hundreds of thousands of attacks executed over the course of several days presents a significant danger to even the most secure network. It’s worrying, but not surprising, to see such a force unleashed on the summit. NSFOCUS is proud to have defeated these attacks on a key leadership forum like G20.”


The firm has cyber-secured events such as The World Internet Conference, 29th Olympic Games, the Big Data Expo, and IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Visit


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