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DDoS Mitigation Technology For eGaming

Arbor Networks : 28 January, 2011  (Application Story)
Peakflow from Arbor Networks is protecting internet data centres from Distributed Denial of Service attacks
Arbor Networks Peakflow product family is powering the DDoS mitigation service of Continent 8 Technologies, a  supplier of data centre services to the e-gaming industry.  The announcement coincides with ICE, the International Casino Exhibition at Earls Court in London.

Continent 8 Technologies operates Internet Data Centres (IDC) in three continents, with five strategically located data centres and linked together over a significant private global network. They offer redundant, low-latency, reliably managed bandwidth and advanced managed services, including denial of service protection and mitigation powered by Arbor Networks.

“With our focus on the eGaming industry, we know that our customers are frequent targets of denial of service attacks.  Any disruption to availability can have a negative impact on their business, from lost revenue to damaged reputations in a very competitive marketplace,” said John Stone, chief technology officer at Continent 8 Technologies.  “When it comes to understanding the DDoS problem and delivering the means to identify and mitigate attacks in real-time, without interrupting services, Arbor Networks is the clear choice.  Their comprehensive solution enables us to offer a mission critical service to our customers.”

“Today’s IDC requires intelligent DDoS mitigation security solutions that can simultaneously protect network infrastructure, IP-based services and data—all of which are vulnerable to attacks or compromise,” said Rob Malan, Arbor Networks chief technology officer.  “Traditional security solutions like firewalls and IPS/IDS simply cannot address the issue of availability in the modern data center.  In light of the growth in application-layer DDoS attacks, such devices may actually lower the overall security postures of operators by acting as stateful DDoS chokepoints—rendering networks more susceptible to both deliberate and inadvertent DDoS attacks.”

Arbor’s Peakflow SP platform delivers a fully integrated, carrier-class solution for the detection and surgical mitigation of both volumetric DDoS, application-layer attacks and also from internal threats like malicious insiders and compromised hosts.  Arbor’s Peakflow SP platform delivers three pillars of protection Internet Data Center (IDC) operators:

* Network Infrastructure Protection: Detect and stop DDoS attacks that impact network infrastructure and core IP services.

* Application/Service Protection: Ensure the security, availability and performance of the data center’s applications and services.

* Data Protection: Assure data is not being accessed or removed by unauthorised persons.

The Peakflow SP platform can also complement or protect existing IDC security products. For example, Peakflow SP TMS can be deployed in front of traditional firewalls or intrusion detection and protection systems (IDPS) and act as a “first line of defense” that helps reduce the load and further optimise the performance of these devices. Peakflow SP TMS has also been used to protect and maintain the availability of these traditional security systems, which are targets of DDoS attacks.
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