Allstream Joins Arbor Networks' Cloud Signaling(SM) Coalition to Stop DDoS Attacks
BURLINGTON, MA, Dec 11, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Arbor Networks, Inc., a leading provider of network security and
management solutions for enterprise and service provider networks,
announced today that Canadian business communications provider
Allstream has joined Arbor's Cloud Signaling(SM) Coalition (CSC).
Preventing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and
mitigating the threats they pose requires collaboration among all
stakeholders. The CSC is an innovative partnership between service
providers, data center operators and enterprises with the mission to
ensure the availability of their network infrastructure and speed
time-to-mitigation for DDoS attacks.
Joining the CSC will enable Allstream to expand its services and
offer customers more proactive ways to block harmful traffic without
impeding legitimate traffic. Allstream's managed IP solutions and
services help customers simplify IT operations to improve
productivity, maximize network performance and manage costs. With
these tools and services, IT professionals can address the
increasingly complex challenges of massive data and storage demands,
cybercrime, business continuity, mobile workers and cloud computing.
"We are dedicated to helping IT professionals evolve with rapidly
changing technological demands while maintaining network performance
at maximum levels," said Jim DeMerlis, Vice President of Marketing at
Allstream. "As DDoS attacks become more complex, enhanced network
security becomes imperative. Our involvement in Arbor's Cloud
Signaling Coalition is just another example of how Allstream is
committed to our customers' network security."
Allstream has just released an educational video series titled: DDoS
Attacks - Understanding the business impacts and methods for
mitigating the risks. These videos explore the phenomenon of
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks -- what they are, how
they are evolving and who is behind them.
"Mitigating DDoS threats should be part of any company's risk
planning and business continuity strategy," said Arbor Networks
President Colin Doherty. "Allstream recognizes that being a part of
the Coalition is the best way to keep their customers' networks
secure. Allstream is clearly taking a proactive approach to reducing
the risk inherent in cyberattacks, which will allow its customers'
businesses to operate more productively and securely."
World Leader in DDoS Mitigation
Arbor Networks' 450 customers
include the vast majority of the world's service providers and many
of the largest enterprise networks in use today. According to a
report from Infonetics Research titled, DDoS Prevention Appliance
Market Outlook, Arbor Networks was cited as the top supplier of DDoS
prevention solutions overall as well as in the carrier, enterprise
and mobile market segments.
Arbor's products are empowered with its ATLAS(R) Intelligence Feed
which looks for new threats and automatically delivers threat updates
to customers. This insight is critical to security because botnets
are constantly changing to thwart detection. Arbor's ATLAS
infrastructure combines a darknet sensor network with traffic data
from more than 200 service provider customers around the world. The
dataset enables Arbor to have a unique, globally-scoped view of
malicious traffic traversing the Internet.
Cloud Signaling Technology in Action
When an enterprise or data
center operator discovers that he is under a service-disrupting DDoS
attack, he can choose to mitigate the attack in the cloud through the
Cloud Signaling system, simply by clicking on a drop down menu and
triggering an alert to the service provider. This proactive approach
enables him to stay in control and in command of the event. A
volumetric DDoS attack congesting the upstream links would
immediately diminish or disappear altogether from the data center's
access links, and service availability would be protected.
Participation in the Cloud Signaling Coalition allows the service
provider to provide differentiated managed security services, reduces
the time to mitigation and increases the effectiveness of the
response against DDoS threats, thus saving the customer from major
operational expenses and helping to preserve its reputation.
Enterprise and managed services customers also benefit from real-time
monitoring of the attack mitigation, as well as granular post-mortem
reports with details of the attack and the steps taken by the service
provider to mitigate the attack, helping to establish best practices.
Cloud Signaling Functionality: A Faster, Automated Way to Prevent
At the heart of Cloud Signaling functionality are Arbor
Networks' Peakflow(R) SP and Pravail(R) Availability Protection
System (APS) solutions. Peakflow SP powers many of the world's
leading cloud-based DDoS managed security services, while Pravail APS
is an on-premise device that protects the enterprise perimeter
against threats to availability -- specifically, protection against
application-layer DDoS attacks. Cloud Signaling functionality is an
efficient and integrated way of bridging the enterprise data center
to the service provider cloud. Cloud Signaling functionality connects
the on-premise Pravail APS device with the cloud-based Peakflow SP
solution. Arbor believes that the best way for enterprises and data
center and cloud operators to have optimal protection against DDoS
attacks is through this combination of on-premise and in-cloud
Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications
and the only national communications provider that works exclusively
with business customers of all sizes. With nearly 600,000 customer
connections, Allstream's momentum is fueled by the knowledge, skills
and entrepreneurial spirit of its 2,500 employees across the country
who collaborate with customers to determine their unique
communications solutions needs. Supported by its more than
30,000-kilometre nationwide high-performance fibre-optic network,
Allstream's broad portfolio of business solutions are built from an
array of advanced communications technologies and services including
a wide range of innovative, highly-scalable IP-based solutions to
help organizations communicate more efficiently and profitably.
Allstream takes pride in its commitment to delivering an exceptional
customer experience, and has long been recognized by its technology
partners for the contributions made to their businesses. Allstream is
wholly-owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., which is listed on
the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on Allstream's
products and solutions, please visit www.allstream.com.
About Arbor Networks
Arbor Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of
network security and management solutions for enterprise and service
provider networks, including the vast majority of the world's
Internet service providers and many of the largest enterprise
networks in use today. Arbor's proven network security and management
solutions help grow and protect customer networks, businesses and
brands. Through its unparalleled, privileged relationships with
worldwide service providers and global network operators, Arbor
provides unequalled insight into and perspective on Internet security
and traffic trends via the ATLAS(R) Active Threat Level Analysis
System. Representing a unique collaborative effort with 120+ network
operators across the globe, the ATLAS initiative enables the sharing
of real-time security, traffic and routing information that informs
numerous business decisions.
For technical insight into the latest security threats and Internet
traffic trends, please visit our website at arbornetworks.com and our
blog at http://ddos.arbornetworks.com/
Trademark Notice: Arbor Networks, Peakflow, ArbOS, How Networks Grow,
ATLAS, Pravail, Arbor Optima, Cloud Signaling, the Arbor Networks
logo and Arbor Networks: Smart. Available. Secure. are all trademarks
of Arbor Networks, Inc. All other brand names may be trademarks of
their respective owners.
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SOURCE: Arbor Networks
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