The Planet announced today the deployment of the Cisco Guard XT 5650 DDoS Mitigation Appliance from Cisco Systems.
With the multi-gigabit performance of the Cisco Guard XT 5650 solution, The Planet can better protect all of its customers from distributed denial-of-service attacks by performing per-flow-level attack analysis, identification, and mitigation to block specific attack traffic.
“WeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve seen an increase in the overall number of attacks, as well as flood attack methods becoming more complex,” said John Bradberry, Director of Information Security at The Planet. “The Cisco Guard solution helps protect our customersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ critical online businesses from ever-escalating attacks including distributed zombie attacks, spoofed flood attacks, and complex hybrid floods that combine attack methods.”
“The Guard was chosen because it can be scaled to keep up with the companyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s rapid growth,” Mr. Bradberry said. It is deployed off of the networkÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s normal data path, so that it does not screen customer traffic until its on-demand protection is needed. The system then redirects traffic for the targeted site(s) through the GuardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s multiple defense layers to identify and block the attack while allowing legitimate traffic to pass.
According to Craig Rodenberg, Vice President of Information Security at The Planet, this mitigation system is a part of a larger effort to enhance the companyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s already extensive suite of security services. “WeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve provided state-of-the-art flood protection for years,” said Mr. Rodenberg. “This solution demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing our customers with the best security tools in the industry.”