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October 01, 2009 07:51 ET

U.S. Reinforces Importance of Security During Cyber Security Awareness Month

Real-Time Traffic Intelligence Emerges as a Critical Element of Cyber Protection

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - Now in its sixth year, October's Cyber Security Awareness Month serves to remind all citizens and key public and private sector partners on how to guard against cyber threats at home, work and school. Over the years, the world has been witness to myriad devastating cyber attacks, ranging from small-time worms and viruses that clog social networking sites, to all-out cyber warfare designed to cripple an entire country's economy for days. With a full month dedicated to cyber security awareness, U.S. citizens can focus on the monumental toll cyber threats take on the safety of our nation and our world and the role we can play in cyber security.

This year's theme focuses on society's shared responsibility in addressing cyber security. It is important to remember that, in this digital age, everyone in the world is connected via the Internet. Although most are protecting their small pieces, gaps in security provide an entrée for cyber criminals to infiltrate and devastate. Indeed, cyber criminals are targeting larger, more critical infrastructures all around the world, as seen in the 2007 cyber attacks on Estonia, the 2008 attacks on Georgia and South Korea's bout with cyber crime in July of this year. The U.S. government itself has been the target of cyber crime, which has compromised critical information and our national security.

Everyday citizens are also feeling the pain. According to Symantec, cyber crime has surpassed illegal drug trafficking as a criminal moneymaker, and 1 in 5 citizens will become a victim. Cyber crime is pervasive; in fact, the number of new Internet security threats rose nearly threefold last year to 1.7 million(1). Given these overwhelming statistics and potential compromised safety of our citizens, it is essential that each of us understands and takes seriously the role we play in securing the cyber world.

Real-time traffic intelligence systems provide unmatched visibility across multiple networks and services. This is achieved by the real-time monitoring of the behavior of IP traffic, identifying any anomalous activity early on, and correlating it to any application or service running across an IP network. The approach not only detects, but also allows the ability to take action against unwanted or malicious traffic. Armed with the ability to see the entire network based on real-time traffic intelligence, the NarusInsight Solution provides intelligence and actionable knowledge that identifies zero-day attacks, identifies which attacks are of greatest concern, and provides the path to take action against these real and emerging cyber threats that compromise the world's critical infrastructures.

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

(1) "Cybercrime: A secret underground economy," CNNmoney.com, September 17, 2009

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