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Arbor Networks introduces Cloud Signaling; TelstraClear first to join
Posted on 11-May-2011 15:05 | Tags Filed under: News

New Zealand provider TelstraClear is helping secure Cloud computing by participating in an international partnership that will help protect against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

TelstraClear has joined a select group of major international players as part of US-based Arbor Networks Cloud Signaling Coalition (CSC), an innovative partnership between service providers, network operators and data center customers. The group’s mission is to ensure the availability of Internet Data Center (IDC) infrastructure and speed time-to-mitigation for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Arbor Networks, Inc., a leading provider of security and network management solutions for next-generation data centers and carrier networks, announced the Arbor Pravail Availability Protection System (APS), a new product family focused on securing the Internet data center (IDC) edge. A new capability introduced within the Arbor Pravail APS is Cloud Signaling, a protocol that bridges the gap between the data center edge and the provider cloud, where Arbor’s Peakflow SP platform is pervasively deployed.

For the second consecutive year, botnet-driven volumetric and application-layer DDoS attacks continue to be the most significant problems facing network operators, according to the Arbor Networks 2010 Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report. In 2010, for the first time, volumetric DDoS attacks topped the 100 Gbps barrier and an alarming 77 percent of respondents detected application-layer attacks. These application-layer attacks are targeting both end customers and network operators’ own critical support services, such as HTTP, Web and domain name system (DNS) services.

The addition of Cloud Signaling automates the connecting of service providers, network operators and data center customers with the mission to ensure the availability of IDC infrastructure and speed time-to-mitigation for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Cloud Signaling enables optimal protection of the Internet data center from availability threats, identifying and mitigating application-layer attacks at the data center edge and volumetric denial of service attacks in the provider cloud. No other vendor is able to offer this comprehensive, automated protection against availability threats to IDC infrastructure.

“While we have not had any issues with DDoS attacks it’s important to remain ahead of the wave. We’re committed to doing that and will assist wherever we can to make the internet a safer place for businesses and consumers. Botnet-driven volumetric and application-layer DDoS attacks are significant problems for network operators,” says TelstraClear Head of Business & Government, Andrew Crabb.

“Volumetric DDoS attacks topped the 100Gbps barrier and 77% of respondents detected application layer attacks according to the Arbor Networks 2010 Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report.”

Application layer attacks target both end users and network operators’ own critical supporting services. As cloud computing becomes more prevalent, the threats due to DDoS also increase.

“As part of the international Cloud Signaling Coalition we’re helping address this. When one of our customers discovers that they are under a service-disrupting DDoS attack, they can choose to mitigate the attack in the cloud by triggering a signal to our upstream network infrastructure. A volumetric DDoS attack congesting the upstream links would immediately diminish or disappear altogether from the customer’s access links and service availability would be protected.

“Our participation in the Coalition allows our customers to reduce time to mitigation and increase the effectiveness of response against DDoS threats, potentially preventing major operational expense and preserving their reputation."

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