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New IT Infrastructure Perimeter Protects Where Firewalls Cannot

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 1:55pm

Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), a leading provider of network and application layer DDoS defense products, today announced its First Line of Defense solution, which blocks L3-L7 DDoS and advanced targeted server attacks.

Cyber criminals/terrorists have reached a level of complexity that firewall technology cannot protect against. While firewalls are designed to, and still do, protect networks from a variety of security issues, there are gaping holes when it comes to DDoS and malicious server targeted attacks. With attacks on the rise, such as the recent Denial of Service attacks against major U.S. financial services institutions, Corero has created a solution that works in tandem with existing firewalls to increase all around network security.

The new approach places an on-premise network device in front of the firewall to eliminate attacks that degrade or disable the current IT infrastructure and security solutions before they reach the corporate network. This eliminates costly downtime and unsatisfactory online consumer experiences. Corero has essentially expanded the IT infrastructure perimeter to plug up the holes of the firewall and create a true first line of defense.

"Information is our product and we rely on our website to deliver that information to clients, but when we were hit by a sophisticated DDoS attack a year ago that delivery was stopped for five hours," said Oleg Voloshin, CTO of Zacks Investment, a leading national investment research firm. Our existing firewall and IPS infrastructure was unable to stop the attack. We needed a solution that would ensure our entire IT infrastructure was able to function as it was intended. Corero's First Line of Defense did just that. Though we continue to see attack attempts, those attempts have not been successful and our firewalls and IPS are doing the job they were meant to do."

The Corero First Line of Defense eradicates DDoS and server targeted malicious attack activity by filtering and removing attack traffic before it hits the network, as a result legitimate customer traffic is not slowed down or blocked. This allows the entire IT infrastructure to operate more efficiently, optimizing the performance of security devices, network applications and servers and ensures business continuity.

"We had a high-profile Wall Street firm that was under constant DDoS attack with more than 10,000 attackers at one point hitting them from almost every country in the world, overtaxing their firewall and bringing their sites to a standstill. None of their clients were able to access any of their websites. They were, to say the least, not happy," said Colin Ryan, General Manager of Dynamic Business Systems, a New York based network infrastructure service provider. "Though the firewall vendor had claimed to offer DDoS protection we quickly learned that this was not the case. We needed something that was specifically designed to handle this type of traffic. The Corero First Line of Defense product was installed and within hours the attacks were mitigated and the site performance returned to normal."

"Organizations are experiencing a false sense of security in thinking that their firewalls are protecting them from all potential threats," said Marty Meyer, CEO of Corero. "Our First Line of Defense solution compliments the firewall by removing all of the broad based attack traffic that they were not designed to deal with."

"The sophistication of attacks facing organizations shows no signs of slowing down. Businesses need to arm themselves against these threats," said Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst, IT Harvest. "By adopting a solution, such as the Corero First Line of Defense, that cleans the traffic before it hits the network, organizations are ensured that its previous infrastructure investments are protected and their performance optimized."

About Corero Network Security

Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), an organization's First Line of Defence, is an international network security company and the leading provider of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense and next generation security solutions. As the First Line of Defense, Corero's products and servicesstop DDoS and server targeted attacks, protect IT infrastructure and eliminate downtime. Customers include enterprises, service providers and government organizations worldwide. Corero's solutions are dynamic and automatically respond to evolving cyber attacks, known and unknown, allowing existing IT infrastructure -- such as firewalls -- to perform their intended purposes. Corero's products are transparent, highly scalable and feature the lowest latency and highest reliability in the industry. Corero is headquartered in Hudson, Massachusetts with offices around the world. For more information on Corero's First Line of Defense products, visit: www.corero.com.

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