June 16, 2008 07:55 ET

Narus Plays Significant Command and Control Role in Cyber Defense

Knowing and Understanding IP Network Traffic Essential to Providing Security and Management as Cyber Warfare Threat Increases; Visit Booth SL5626 at NXTcomm to Learn More

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Twenty years ago, "cyber warfare" was an unknown term. Now, it conjures images of the 2007 attacks on Estonia that crippled the country's economy for weeks, and more recent acknowledgement from the U.S. Government that they have seen attacks and intrusions from other countries into their critical networks. With so much of our world's economy dependent upon the Internet to function, cyber warfare is very real and a threat that merits close attention. Unfortunately, most institutions -- including governments -- are still using inadequate solutions to protect their valuable network infrastructure. The global consequences will be disastrous if more attention is not paid to implementing real-time traffic intelligence systems to identify, manage and protect the world's networks from malicious attacks.

Cyber warfare goes far beyond malicious hacking by teenagers seen years ago. This phenomenon occurs in a parallel, virtual world, and is essentially the "New Cold War" -- it's organized, it's coordinated and it's well funded. Instead of seeking protection against physical armies using guns and bullets, institutions must guard against virtual armies whose weapons of choice are Trojans, worms, viruses and botnets. Cyber attacks are a global problem, with 25% of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks targeting the United States, 20% EMEA and 25% Asia Pacific. Every network is vulnerable, with 30% of attacks targeting government and military networks and 58% of attacks targeting ISPs and enterprises. The world is connected via the Internet, and most are focused on protecting just their small piece. One weak link -- and rest assured, there are many out there -- and an entire country's network infrastructure can be negatively impacted. In this new world, having a firewall or an intrusion-detection system is not good enough. In fact, having both is not good enough. The best protection against an attack or intrusion is to initiate a holistic system to guard against attacks -- a "cyber command and control center," in essence.

For many carriers and governments around the world, Narus is the technology of choice to enable these cyber command and control centers for traffic intelligence. They are using NarusInsight to detect and manage malicious network attacks before they have the chance to wreak havoc. NarusInsight is the most scalable traffic intelligence system for capturing, analyzing and correlating IP traffic in real-time. It is unique in its ability to provide high-speed, full-packet capture and processing, with deep traffic analysis from Layer 2 to Layer 7, providing full traffic correlation across every link and element on the network. NarusInsight provides next-generation traffic analysis and network control with advanced algorithms, and is the foundation for real-time security, intercept and traffic classification applications. NarusInsight provides a holistic, global view of the entire network and the traffic flowing through it, analyzing petabytes of data per customer per day.

To learn more about protecting vital networks against malicious activity, please visit Narus at booth SL5626 at NXTcomm, held June 16-18, 2008, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Narus: the leader in real-time traffic intelligence for the protection and management of large IP networks.

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