Botnets, with odd names like Mirai and Dorkbot, give bots a bad name. That being said, it’s important to understand that just because something is called a bot doesn’t mean it’s bad. We use the term to refer to almost anything from the spider programs that search engines like Google use to make a searchable index of your site to the most malicious tools hackers use to steal data. The reality is that most tools we call bots are beneficial to the workings of your site and the Internet. Intent and usage make a huge difference, even for the most helpful bots.
IT and security teams must be prepared to manage bots with their eyes open. According to Akamai’s Fourth Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet/Security Report, bot traffic accounts for more than 30% of all pure Web traffic (excluding video streaming). Web teams can’t afford to ignore the impact that bots have on their systems, nor can they block bots entirely.
Read more about the different types of bots and how you can protect your organization from disruptive bots without blocking the helpful ones on DarkReading.