Dallas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 15, 2005–The Planet(SM) announced it is part of
the global Fingerprint Sharing Initiative – an alliance between Arbor Networks
and some of the world’s most prominent telecommunications companies, ISPs, MSOs,
web hosting companies and network operators.
This first-of-its-kind initiative allows The Planet and other providers to share
real-time cyber attack information globally, making it easier to stop attacks
more quickly and closer to the source or point of entry and providing invaluable
protection for The Planet’s customers.
With some estimating the repair costs and revenue loss attributed to Internet
attacks will approach $18 billion in 2005, The Planet and other companies across
the globe have searched for a more effective way to stop malicious attacks on
”A security alliance of this scale is unprecedented,” said Ben Bradberry,
vice president of information security at The Planet. ”By joining forces
with Arbor Networks and this impressive list of alliance partners, The Planet
is better equipped to protect our customers from malicious online attacks.”
Through the addition of fingerprint sharing capabilities to its Peakflow SP,
Arbor Networks helps providers protect networks from denial-of-service attacks,
malicious hosts, worms, malware, spam, phishing and viruses.
Additionally, all attack profile information includes an encryption and authentication
mechanism to ensure all shared information is both legitimate and protected.
According to Bradberry, the Fingerprint Sharing Initiative is unique. ”In
the past, sharing attack information has required email and phone calls, and
was generally slow. The FSI is fast, efficient, and allows alliance members
to securely exchange attack profiles to a wide audience that can use the information
to make a difference.”
”It’s a win-win for all involved,” concluded Bradberry. ”This
alliance allows us to be faster, more effective and more efficient when it comes
to protecting both the company and our customers from malicious network activity.”
About The Planet
Launched in 1994 and based in Dallas, The Planet provides a world of
Internet and hosting services and solutions. As one of the fastest growing web
hosting companies in the world, The Planet serves small businesses and enterprise
clients with value-added services such as advanced server monitoring, database
administration, managed data storage, virtual private networks, and more. For
additional information, visit www.theplanet.com.