University of Baltimore Deploys ThreatSTOP Botnet Defense Cloud to Block Malware

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ThreatSTOP and Juniper SRX Services Gateways Solution Cuts Help Desk Tickets for Malware by 90%

ThreatSTOP announced today that the University of Baltimore has deployed ThreatSTOP Botnet Defense Cloud and Juniper SRX Services Gateways to provide adequate capacity for its future expansion and solve a persistent malware problem. ThreatSTOP Botnet Defense Cloud is a real-time IP reputation service that enables firewalls to block botnet and malware traffic to and from networks.

With the ThreatSTOP/Juniper solution, more than one million pieces of malware are blocked in both directions every week. This prevents data breaches, reduces the university’s attack surface and bandwidth resources spent on processing junk traffic. Furthermore, the solution has eliminated manual blacklisting and remediation, and reduced help desk tickets related to malware by 90%. “Before ThreatSTOP, we experienced 10-18 tickets per month due to malware and viruses,” said Mike Connors, UB’s information security analyst. “With ThreatSTOP, that load has dropped to 1-2 per month. That’s a significant drop.”

“Our Help Desk team was overwhelmed. The whole malware problem was over utilizing vital resources. At the same time, the hosts suffered performance degradation through problems caused by the malware,” said Connors. “We needed to streamline and automate the process in which a bad IP could be blocked and updated, freeing staff for other tasks not associated with malware infection.”

The University of Baltimore is part of the University System of Maryland with approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students in law, business and online programs. Like most universities, UB provides an open academic environment for learning and knowledge sharing, which makes information security a particularly tough challenge. It was expending significant security, network, and desktop resources to manually keep up with blacklisting IP addresses as well as cleaning malware infections that were getting through perimeter defenses. Despite ongoing education efforts and other security controls in place, users would continue to respond to phishing and visit hostile websites which lead to infected hosts.

“We are very pleased to know that our service, in conjunction with Juniper’s SRX gateway, has solved a major malware problem and provided such benefits to the university,” said Tom Byrnes, founder and CEO of ThreatSTOP. “This success story, like many others coming across our desks, validates our position that ThreatSTOP is the most effective botnet/criminal malware protection service in the market. It is also the easiest and most cost effective to deploy, and provides significant ROI to our customers.”

About ThreatSTOP

ThreatSTOP is the creator of ThreatSTOP Botnet Defense Cloud, a cloud service using IP reputation that protects networks against botnets and criminal malware. ThreatSTOP enables firewalls to block outbound “call homes” to command and control hosts as well as incoming attacks. It prevents data theft, increases network “goodput”, and reduces network load and attack surface. Updated in real-time and automatically distributed via DNS to firewalls, ThreatSTOP is deployed on customers’ existing firewalls and can be activated within an hour without any network reconfigurations, retraining or manual updates. For more information, and access to a one-on-one free trial, visit ThreatSTOP

ThreatSTOP Contact:        

Lance Elliott, Director of Marketing    
lance.elliott(at)threatstop(dot)com
Tel: 760-542-1550 x 4260

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