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January 23, 2007

VoIP Security Finds A Home in South Florida

By Greg Galitzine, Group Editorial Director

There are two major events taking place in South Florida over the next two weeks. And both have a thing or two to do with VoIP Security. First, Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO (ITEXPO) is going on this week in Ft. Lauderdale, and Friday’s conference sessions will feature a wealth of VoIP Security related content.

The other event going on in South Florida is the Super Bowl, an annual football game that’s watched by at least a few people. Who’s kidding who?!

The Super Bowl is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events of the year, and it has been viewed by as many as 140 million people in past years. In addition to television viewership, which advertisers pay a tremendous premium to reach, the Super Bowl generates a massive spike in online gambling and e-commerce. An interruption of this traffic would mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenues, and — according to an advisory put out by Cloudshield today — the reality is, it could happen much easier than we think.

Cloudshield believes that with the Super Bowl approaching, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must be prepared to address potential Denial of Service (DoS) attacks aiming to disrupt Web sites that are generating revenue and drawing traffic around the Super Bowl.

According to the Cloudshield advisory, as many as 10,000 DoS attacks occur each day globally.

Said Peder Jungck, CloudShield’s Founder and CTO, "Denial of service attacks are very difficult to stop because they can easily overrun an ISP’s defenses. The ease with which hackers and extortionists can launch such massive assaults is making DoS attacks increasingly popular, particularly those targeting e-commerce sites around peak traffic times like the Super Bowl."

Of course, Cloudshield offers solutions designed to help stop these attacks. CloudShield has provided rapid response support to solve Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) issues successfully with a number of customers since 2004. It also provides tailored DDoS mitigation services to prevent attacks, including real-time defense that supports millions of packets per second. With patented DPI techniques and high-performance attack traffic processing systems, CloudShield successfully protected several e-commerce sites that were attacked during the recent Christmas online shopping season.


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