Hosting.com Adds Additional Security to its Network to Mitigate Increased Risk of Cyber Attacks

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Hosting.com Forms Relationship with Leader in Preemptive, Enterprise Security, Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) to Block Hundreds of Thousands of Internet Viruses

With ISS’ proven internet security solutions for 15 of the largest governments around the world, 17 of the world’s largest banks, 11 of the world’s largest public insurance companies and 13 of the word’s largest IT companies, we know that we’ve selected the best.

Hosting.com, a global leader in managed hosting and colocation, has added to its security arsenal best-of-breed Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) services through a relationship with the managed services security division of Internet Security Systems, Inc (ISS). Delivered through the “Powered By ISS” program, the IPS applications allow Hosting.com to more proactively block viruses, worms, and spyware at the network layer preventing installation and download on its customers’ servers. With the “Powered By ISS” program, ISS is enabling a wide range of service and technology providers to protect their customers with best-of-breed security. The security upgrades are already blocking hundreds of thousands of additional Internet viruses daily in Hosting.com’s data centers around the country.

“During these times of heightened security risks to the U.S., public and private companies across the country are facing increasing pressure to upgrade their network security,” said Darren King, President and CEO of Hosting.com. “Working with the pioneering and most well-respected internet security company, ISS, we are taking the extra step in protecting our customers’ web assets against vulnerabilities such as cyber viruses, proprietary information theft and denial of service attacks, among others.”

Maximizing network availability has become a critical topic for companies of all sizes in all types of businesses. High profile cyber attacks such as MySpace.com’s recent Flash-based worm that redirected more than 1 million users to a phony website and the infectious Zotob worm that compromised communications systems at CNN, the Associated Press and the New York Times in 2005 are becoming a daily reality.

Likewise, network downtime in today’s marketplace can lead to significant businesses losses. The CSI/FBI 2005 Computer Crime and Security Survey confirms that:

  •      Between 2004 and 2005, nine out of ten U.S. businesses experienced losses from a computer virus spyware or other attacks.
  •     The average cost of financial losses resulting from security breaches in 2005 by major U.S. companies was reported at $204,000.
  •     Unauthorized access and denial of service attacks (DOS) are the most significant contributors to computer crime losses, accounting for 24 percent of overall reported losses, and showing a significant increase in average dollar loss.

Already an industry leader in providing 100% network uptime, Hosting.com has taken the extra step adding an additional layer of protection to its network. “Choosing the best managed security services provider was a necessity,” said King. “With ISS’ proven internet security solutions for 15 of the largest governments around the world, 17 of the world’s largest banks, 11 of the world’s largest public insurance companies and 13 of the word’s largest IT companies, we know that we’ve selected the best.”

As a vulnerability and threat research pioneer and global leader in Internet security, ISS is immediately able to identify security threats in new technology and software programs and quickly develop solutions for its customers and partners to mitigate potential threats. The additional security measures that Hosting.com has put into place ensure that security threats are not only identified, but are also blocked at the network level. Therefore, malicious system attacks through the proactive uncovering and leveraging of security weaknesses are prevented before they access a customer’s network. According to ISS and its X-Force Security research and development group, in just the first half of the year, ISS has already documented almost 4,000 vulnerabilities, adding to its total database of almost 30,000 vulnerabilities and confirming the need for enhanced security features and ongoing system improvements.

“The crumbling of the traditional enterprise network perimeter, resulting from greater worker mobility and connectivity, is adding new layers of complexity for security professionals,” said Dave McGinnis, director of Managed Security Services architecture at Internet Security Systems. “ISS is therefore seeing increased demand for more innovative means of protecting data and systems, much of which has focused on delivering protection via service providers from the data center.”

About Hosting.com

Since 1996, Hosting.com, the First Name in Hosting, has provided award-winning managed hosting services to a global customer base demanding a high level of security, reliability and responsiveness. Hosting.com provides Microsoft Hosting, Linux Hosting, Macromedia Hosting and Application Hosting, including Microsoft Exchange Hosting. Known for its personalized and proactive approach to service, Hosting.com employs teams of industry experts who monitor, maintain and enhance the web-based data interests of small, medium and enterprise businesses. Hosting.com is the first source for all web hosting needs: from standard configurations to highly customized solutions built with the help of an expansive network of trusted affiliates and technology partners. For more information, please visit http://www.hosting.com.

About Internet Security Systems, Inc.

Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) is the trusted security advisor to thousands of the world’s leading businesses and governments, providing preemptive protection for networks, desktops and servers. An established leader in security since 1994, the ISS Proventia® integrated security platform automatically protects against both known and unknown threats, keeping networks up and running and shielding customers from online attacks before they impact business assets. ISS products and services are based on the proactive security intelligence of its X-Force® research and development team – the unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. The ISS product line is complemented by comprehensive Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services. For more information, visit the Internet Security Systems Web site at http://www.iss.net or call 800-776-2362.

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