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Interoute Launches Free Internet Security Barometer Service

Service provides organizations with daily insight into malicious activity on the Internet
Company: Interoute (http://www.interoute.com/)

Release summary: Interoute launches a free internet security barometer that provides organisations with daily insight into malicious activity on the internet.

Date of issue: 26th June, 2009

Contact: Katie Swan, Speed Communications, +44 (0) 20 7842 3200, [email protected]

URL: http://blogit.realwire.com/?ReleaseID=12846

Interoute launches free Internet Barometer to alert businesses to danger on the Internet

Interoute launches a free internet security barometer that provides organisations with daily insight into malicious activity on the internet.

How the barometer works:

  • It collects data from 22 high performance sensors built into the core of the European Internet
  • It logs the source, destination and type of malicious activity
  • This information is then placed into a balanced score-card for attack weighting
  • Starting with the de facto standard for vulnerability signatures, Interoute enriches the self calibrating 'blacklist' with custom DDoS attack detection
  • High and medium ranked security alerts are then mapped against the geographic location of the origin and destination of the attacks Benefits of the barometer:
  • Provides valuable insight into security threats to help organisations identify and fend off the perpetrators of malicious threats and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks

    Two years in development, the system has been built with specialist data feeds to guarantee a high degree of accuracy. More significantly, it is also able to anonymise data, so that it can be made available real-time to the public without risk of infringing data protection rights.

    Interoute is also offering businesses access to a free widget, which updates according to the day's threat level. The Interoute Internet Barometer is currently a beta version. Interoute's security team will be enhancing the system to provide historical trends and diagnostic tools.

    Quotes Mark Osborne Chief Information Security Officer at Interoute said: "The barometer is a free service that will allow any user or system administrator to review real attack data to help prevent security threats. Many companies reliant on the internet have been vulnerable to blackmailers threatening to compromise their business by taking them offline through DDoS attacks. Those who couldn't afford the price tag were left exposed because they didn't know where the threats were coming from. The Interoute Internet barometer will allow IT departments and system administrators to regain control."

    Bob Tarzey, Analyst and Director, Quocirca: "Anything that helps businesses protect themselves from online threats is a good thing; the Interoute Internet Barometer monitors threats from within the Internet rather than at its edge, which means they should be detected at an early stage. By providing this free service, Interoute will help companies keep unwanted traffic under control, and ensure its own network performs better."

    Agency Contact Ruth Jones / Susannah Wyeth / Rebecca Gregory / Katie Swan Speed Communications