Nominum launches Vantio ThreatAvert


Vantio ThreatAvert to use the power of DNS to defend networks from inside threats

Nominum, provider of integrated subscriber, network, and security solutions for service providers, has announced the launch of Vantio ThreatAvert for averting threats in fixed and mobile networks.

A key element of this new product is the Nominum Global Intelligence Xchange (GIX), which provides a foundational security layer with continuous real time threat updates. This combination delivers far greater security than a DNS firewall by neutralising threats that originate from within the network itself.

Service providers have seen huge growth in attacks originated inside their networks, commented Nominum. These attacks take two forms: Inside/In, where attacks are launched inside the network on internal resources such as routers, DNS servers, gateways and  mobile EPC (evolved packet core) resources; and Inside/Out, also launched inside the network, but against external resources such as websites, network assets, enterprises and other end-users.

Network security architecture is predominantly focused on defending networks against external threats. As cyber attacks become more sophisticated network security needs to evolve to match emerging threats. By addressing attacks planted inside the network service providers will be able to maintain network integrity and ensure an optimal level of performance for the end user, the company claimed.

Vantio ThreatAvert uses Nominum's precision policy capabilities that can segment, identify and enforce policies by users or traffic types. It provides a level of policy granularity that is unmatched by any other security competitor and is capable of throttling attacks with configurable rate limiting capabilities.

Gary Messiana, Nominum CEO, said: 'Service providers drive revenue growth by providing the quality of experience customers demand. Vantio ThreatAvert is a next step innovation that deters attacks against network assets to ensure 'always on' availability and increase subscriber engagement and retention. Service providers have a suite of solutions in place to defend their networks from external threats but a whole new level of security is required to deal with the threats now emanating from within the network.'

Vantio ThreatAvert will be available as software and as an appliance in the first quarter of 2014.


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