SOURCE: Arbor Networks

March 12, 2007 09:00 ET

Arbor Networks Peakflow SP 3.6 Detects, Analyzes and Mitigates Threats Across Service Provider Networks

Integration of Flow Sensor and Threat Management System Devices Provides Comprehensive Network-Wide Visibility, Measurement and Security for Internet Service Providers

LEXINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- Arbor Networks, a provider of core-to-core network security and operational performance for global business networks, today announced a new suite of integrated products as part of the Peakflow SP platform. Arbor Peakflow SP currently protects more than 70% of the world's Internet service provider (ISP) networks from security threats, such as DDoS attacks, botnets and worms, as well as network issues such as traffic and routing instability. With Peakflow SP 3.6, Arbor is introducing a Flow Sensor device that provides cost-effective visibility and security across thousands of routers and hundreds of thousands of router interfaces in a single console, improving security at the customer edge and enabling more intelligent traffic engineering decisions. Arbor has also enhanced its Threat Management System (TMS) device that provides carrier-class, deep packet inspection, enabling providers to quickly and intelligently mitigate security threats. Consequently, Peakflow SP 3.6 is unique in its ability to detect, analyze and mitigate threats across entire ISP networks, a combination that delivers significant operational savings by consolidating multiple tools and operations systems.

Arbor Peakflow SP 3.6 also builds on Arbor's years of experience helping ISPs deliver managed security services. Traditionally deployed for in-cloud DDoS detection and mitigation services, this integrated suite of products enables ISPs to cost-effectively offer customer-edge DDoS and MPLS VPN managed services to their enterprise customers.

"As an industry, Internet service providers, content management services and web hosting providers are vulnerable to a variety of potentially damaging security threats. In particular, distributed denial of service attacks involving TCP SYN and UDP floods can be extremely difficult to detect and deal with," said Dirk Bhagat, chief technology officer at Hostopia, a leading provider of private-label wholesale hosting, email and application services. "Arbor Networks Peakflow SP platform has earned an enviable reputation in the industry as an important part of a comprehensive network defense strategy. That's why we chose them. Within weeks, our selection was validated when Arbor's Threat Management System helped block a major denial of service attack, eliminating the attack traffic while keeping legimate traffic moving to and from our customers."

"Arbor is committed to delivering the tools our service provider customers need to get maximum value from their core asset, the network," said Rob Malan, co-founder and chief technology officer at Arbor Networks. "Arbor Networks is the first and only vendor to provide visibility and infrastructure security for the entirety of a service provider's network in a single, consolidated view. Rather than deploying, maintaining and accessing discrete tools, service providers can cost-effectively deploy one solution to meet their diverse security and traffic engineering needs."

The Arbor Peakflow SP solution has been traditionally deployed in the backbone and peering edges of service provider networks, providing visibility into more than 80% of the world's Internet traffic. With the introduction of the new Flow Sensor device, Peakflow SP 3.6 can be extended to the aggregation and customer edges of ISP networks. A unique set of challenges arise at the customer edge of large ISP networks because the number of routers and cost of deployment increases dramatically. The Flow Sensor device has been designed from both a performance and cost perspective to meet those challenges. The Flow Sensor device makes traffic engineering decisions more intelligent, by providing cost-effective visibility into customer traffic. Flow Sensor improves infrastructure security by detecting and mitigating customer-to-customer attack traffic.

Arbor's Threat Management System, originally released in September 2006, surgically removes attack traffic while maintaining legitimate traffic. This enhanced version scales up to OC-192 speeds for network-wide deployment and provides application-layer visibility into IP and MPLS networks, which augments Arbor Peakflow SP's existing network-wide situation awareness and trend visualization capabilities across the MPLS network and inside Layer 3 IP virtual private networks (VPNs).

Other new features in Peakflow SP 3.6 include:

--  Improvements in overall performance, scalability and configuration
--  Stackable TMS devices equating to 6Gbps of mitigation
--  HTTP misuse and malformed DNS detection and mitigation
--  Integrated anomaly and mitigation audit reports

The suite of Arbor Peakflow SP 3.6 products is available today.

About Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks delivers core-to-core network security and operational performance for global business networks. Arbor's Network Behavioral Analysis (NBA) solutions are based on the Arbor Peakflow platform, providing real-time views of network activity which enable organizations to instantly protect against worms, DDoS attacks, insider misuse, and traffic and routing instability, as well as to segment and harden networks from future threats. Today, Arbor Networks' customer base is comprised of a broad range of service provider and enterprise customers within a variety of industries spanning the globe, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the company's security expertise. All rely on the Arbor Peakflow platform to prevent costly downtime, enable network cleanup, and increase customer trust.

To learn more about Arbor Networks, please visit: To learn more about the Arbor Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT) -- the company's security research arm -- please visit the ASERT blog: To learn more about the Active Threat Level Analysis System (ATLAS) Initiative -- please visit

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