SOURCE: Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks

December 01, 2009 08:00 ET

Arbor Networks Introduces 40Gig Threat Management System for Surgical Mitigation of Application-Layer Attacks

Peakflow SP 5.1 Also Enhances DNS Service Protection and IPv6 Visibility and Security

CHELMSFORD, MA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Arbor Networks®, a leading provider of secure service control solutions for global business networks, today announced the availability of version 5.1 of Arbor Peakflow SP, the industry's leading network-wide infrastructure security and traffic-monitoring platform.

In this release, Arbor is introducing a 40Gig version of its integrated Threat Management System (TMS), which identifies and surgically removes network and application-layer attacks without interrupting the flow of legitimate traffic. Additionally, Peakflow SP 5.1 includes new capabilities to secure DNS servers and infrastructure, which are under a significant number of targeted application-layer attacks. Peakflow SP 5.1 is also the first product to offer IPv6 visibility and security -- which will help Arbor's customers with the transition to the IPv6 protocol.

"There are a couple of industry firsts in this release, including 40Gig mitigation of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and application-layer attack traffic, as well as visibility and security into IPv6 traffic, which will become increasingly important to our service provider customers as they transition to IPv6 in the months and years ahead," said Rob Malan, Arbor Networks co-founder and chief technology officer. "Arbor Networks is focused on delivering solutions that meet our customers' needs today, tomorrow and well into the future."

The DDoS Threat to the Internet Data Center

Over the years, the role, size and complexity of the Internet Data Center (IDC) has changed dramatically. For enterprises, what was once an internal server farm running a limited set of applications is now a complex infrastructure of Internet-facing network equipment, a myriad of security products, and an array of servers running a multitude of IP-based applications. For service providers, the IDC has become a new profit center as it delivers in-cloud services such as email, backup, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), multimedia and Web hosting. For large content or e-commerce providers, the Internet-facing IDC is the heart of their business. Without it, they do not exist as a company. Although such technologies and trends promise to deliver cost savings, they also create new challenges associated with security, availability and performance. A DDoS attack directed at one consumer of data center or cloud services has the potential to disrupt services for other organizations making use of the same multitenant cloud infrastructure.

"The cloud model can only succeed if businesses are convinced that their data is secure and their services will be available," said Michael Suby, Director of Stratecast (a Division of Frost & Sullivan). "The unique capabilities of the Peakflow platform combine network-wide visibility, application insight and security, enabling service providers and data center operators to maintain service availability even during sophisticated application-layer attacks. This type of layered approach to infrastructure security is exactly what is required given today's increasingly complex threat landscape. Without the ability to mitigate only the attack traffic, network operators are forced to complete the attack for the attackers, shutting down services for not just the intended victim, but for others using the same cloud-based infrastructure."

Service Protection

In addition to application-layer attack detection and mitigation, the Threat Management System delivers deep visibility into critical IP services and applications running on the network, such as DNS, HTTP, VoIP, IM, P2P and now, for the first time in the industry, IPv6 traffic. This powerful combination of visibility and security allows network operators to maintain availability, reduce support costs and optimize current or future business services.

Platform for Managed Services

Peakflow SP is a strategic investment that enables service providers to leverage the same solution used for infrastructure visibility and security to deliver new, differentiated, revenue-generating managed services, such as MPLS VPN visibility and DDoS protection. More than forty of the world's leading service providers are utilizing the Peakflow SP platform to deploy network-based offerings in an easy and scalable way to protect their enterprise customers' networks from DDoS and other cyber attacks that disrupt corporate networks and business continuity.

For more information on Arbor Networks DDoS Detection & Mitigation Solutions

About Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks is a leading provider of security and network management solutions for global business networks, including more than 70 percent of the world's Internet service providers and many of the largest enterprise networks in use today. Arbor's secure service control solutions give customers a single, unified view into their networks' performance, helping them to quickly detect anomalous behavior, mitigate threats and enforce policy. This translates into actionable business intelligence to generate new forms of revenue and to maintain a competitive advantage.

Arbor also maintains ATLAS -- a unique collaborative effort with 100+ service providers across the globe sharing real-time security, traffic and routing information. No other entity today has both aggregated this much real-time information about what is happening across the Internet and developed the means for cross-provider collaboration that informs numerous business decisions.

For technical insight into the latest security threats and Internet traffic trends, please visit the ASERT blog.

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