Nextgen Networks Joins Arbor Networks’ Cloud SignalingSM Coalition to Stop the Evolving DDoS Threat to Data Centers

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Cloud Signaling technology connects on-premise and in-cloud DDoS attack mitigation infrastructures, delivering comprehensive protection

Arbor Networks, Inc., a leading provider of security and network management solutions for enterprise data centers and carrier networks, announced today that Nextgen Networks (Nextgen), owner and operator of one of Australia’s largest fiber networks, has joined Arbor’s Cloud Signaling Coalition. The Cloud Signaling Coalition (CSC) is an innovative partnership between service providers, datacenter operators and enterprises with the mission to ensure the availability of their network infrastructure and speed time-to-mitigation for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Nextgen’s Internet DDoS Protection service is built upon Arbor’s Peakflow® platform and offers integrated attack detection and mitigation to defend networks against availability threats. The service identifies a DDoS attack in the Nextgen Internet network and provides alarms to the Nextgen Service Management Centre (SMC). When a suspected DDoS attack is detected, Nextgen’s SMC calls the customer to verify the authenticity of the attack. This allows the customer to confirm if the suspected attack is genuine traffic or not, thus avoiding any unnecessary disruptions. With customer agreement, Nextgen then takes action against the attack by blocking the ‘attack’ traffic that would otherwise congest and potentially disable the customer site or service.

“Nextgen is committed to offering our corporate, government and carrier customers high performance, premium data services,” said Nextgen Managing Director Phil Sykes. “Our customers expect these services to be available on-demand, always. We are pleased to participate in Arbor’s Cloud Signaling Coalition, which we see as an important tool that will further reduce time-to-mitigation for dynamic threats facing customer networks. We see Arbor Networks as continuing to provide important leadership in DDoS protection.”

“The Cloud Signaling system is efficient and integrated, bridging the customer premise to the service provider cloud. Arbor is bringing its decade of DDoS mitigation experience in ISP networks to the enterprise at a time when availability threats are top of mind for network operators,” said Nick Race, Arbor Networks’ country manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Arbor Networks’ 450 customers include the vast majority of the world's ISPs and many of the largest enterprise networks in use today. According to a recent report from Infonetics Research titled, DDoS Prevention Appliance Market Outlook, Arbor Networks was cited as the overall “dominant leader for DDoS prevention” as well as in the Carrier, Enterprise and Mobile market segments.

Cloud Signaling Functionality: A Faster, Automated Way to Provide Comprehensive DDoS Mitigation
At the heart of Cloud Signaling functionality are Arbor Networks’ Peakflow SP and Pravail Availability Protection System solutions. Peakflow SP powers many of the world’s leading cloud-based DDoS managed security services, while Arbor’s Pravail Availability Protection System (APS) is an on-premise device that protects the enterprise perimeter against threats to availability — specifically, protection against application-layer distributed denial of service (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, helping to ensure the availability of enterprise infrastructures and speed time-to-mitigation for DDoS attacks. Arbor believes that the best way for enterprises, IDC and cloud operators to have optimal protection against DDoS attacks is through this combination of on-premise and in-cloud protection.

Cloud Signaling Technology: How does it work?
When an enterprise or data center operator discovers that they are under a service-disrupting DDoS attack, they can choose to mitigate the attack in the cloud through the Cloud Signaling system, triggering a signal to upstream infrastructure of their service provider’s network. 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 their 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, keeping them in control and maintaining their expertise in command of the event.

About Nextgen Networks
Nextgen Networks is a national Telecommunications Carrier that specialises in high performance data networking services to Corporations, Government, Service Providers and other Carriers. Nextgen owns and operates infrastructure that includes one of the largest fibre networks in Australia. Nextgen is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Leighton Group.

About Arbor Networks
Arbor Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of network security and management solutions for next-generation data centers and carrier 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® 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.

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