Fortinet arms Malaysian providers against DDoS attacks
By Digital News Asia January 23, 2013
- Dedicated appliances to combat DDoS attacks, aimed at enterprises, web-hosting and cloud service providers
- Build network behavior model and adaptively updates it continuously with practically no end-user intervention
NETWORK security solutions provider Fortinet has announced the immediate availability of the FortiDDoS product family for enterprises, web-hosting and cloud service providers in Malaysia.
The new FortiDDoS-100A, FortiDDoS-200A and FortiDDoS-300A are dedicated appliances that are designed to detect and help protect against today’s most damaging and sophisticated DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks, the company said in a statement.
The appliances feature custom ASICs (application-specific integrated circuit chips) that are capable of mitigating DDoS attacks while maintaining incredibly-low latency (less than 26 microseconds), preventing loss of availability to critical systems, servers and applications, Fortinet claimed.
“This launch is significant because as systems become more inter-connected, the need for greater network protection against targeted DDoS attacks become more pronounced,” said Dato' Sri George Chang, Fortinet's regional director for South-East Asia & Hong Kong.
“This specialized protection ensures customer confidence and decreases the liability of Malaysian enterprises in the long term,” he claimed.
The FortiDDoS appliances support network virtualization and automatic and continuous traffic baselining.
Network virtualization helps prevent attacks on one segment of the network from affecting other segments, thereby preserving availability in the virtualized environments of data centers and cloud-based service providers.
The automatic traffic baseline model building is also unique, enabling the FortiDDoS products to build a network behavior model initially and adaptively update it continuously with practically no end-user intervention, resulting in significantly reduced administrative overhead, the company claimed.
“DDoS attacks aren’t just an annoyance and minor inconvenience, they are a serious problem that could cause significant liability to businesses today,” said Michael Xie, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at Fortinet.
“The damage from a DDoS attack can include loss of revenue, loss of customer confidence, loss of brand equity and potentially huge legal liabilities. A FortiDDoS appliance installed in front of a network infrastructure can act as a shield against DDoS attacks,” he added.
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