Formed in February 2011 as an internal research group, PLXSERT has been providing data forensics to select clients based on its insight into global DDoS threats and activities, as well as specific client attacks. Feedback from clients has been so positive that the service is now being made available on a subscription basis to all Prolexic clients.
“We are on the front lines counteracting more DDoS attacks daily than any other company and this provides a very rich data source to mine,” said Neal Quinn, vice president of Operations at Prolexic. “Our hope is that the data and insight PLXSERT is providing can help organizations make more informed decisions and be proactive in defending against DDoS attacks.”
PLXSERT is currently providing DDoS threat information in two forms. Threat Advisories are being issued to clients on an ad hoc basis, proving insight into specific threats, including steps clients can take to defend against them. PLXSERT is also compiling data on a quarterly basis and will issue attack reports that provide insight into Prolexic’s mitigation activities for the most recent threemonth period, including the volume of attacks, the most common attack types, and countries where attacks are originating. The first attack report for Q3 2011 can be downloaded from www.prolexic.com/attackreports.
The PLXSERT service can provide value to customers both before and after attacks. With intelligence gleaned from monitoring threats around world it is possible to identify botnet characteristics without having received any DDoS traffic. As a result, organizations can be alert and prepared ahead of time before an attack begins. Similarly, deep post-attack analysis can provide best practices to help minimize the impact of future attacks.
“PLXSERT lays the foundation for a more intelligent approach to DDoS monitoring and more successful mitigation,” said Quinn. “What has helped us internally win against DDoS attackers is now being made available to our customers.”
About the Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team (PLXSERT)
PLXSERT monitors malicious cyber threats globally and analyzes DDoS attacks using proprietary techniques and equipment. Through data forensics and post attack analysis, PLXSERT is able to build a global view of DDoS attacks, which is shared with customers. By identifying the sources and associated attributes of individual attacks, the PLXSERT team helps organizations adopt best practices and make more informed, proactive decisions about DDoS threats.
Prolexic is the world’s largest, most trusted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation provider. Able to absorb the largest and most complex attacks ever launched, Prolexic restores mission critical Internet facing infrastructures for global enterprises and government agencies within minutes. Six of the world’s ten largest banks and the leading companies in e-Commerce, payment processing, travel/hospitality, gaming and other at- risk industries rely on Prolexic to protect their businesses. Founded in 2003 as the world’s first “in the cloud” DDoS mitigation platform, Prolexic is headquartered in Hollywood, Florida and has scrubbing centers located in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.prolexic.com.
Michael E. Donner SVP, Chief Marketing Officer Prolexic