Proteon, the US router and firewall expert, has announced a number of security initiatives aimed at preventing disruptive hacker attacks on commercial Web sites.
In keeping with its network security programme unveiled at the Networld+Interop show, the company announced that it would be actively participating in, and testing its products in, a new National Computer Security Association (NCSA) forum, in which developers of competing firewall products can work together to stop network intrusions. Amongst the products under scrutiny will be Proteon?s newly unveiled GTSecure 60 and 70 firewall routers.
In addition, Proteon has announced a series of white papers providing specific details to prevent the recent wave of 'SYN-flooding' denial-of-service attacks.
Proteon?s actions come after several recent reports of hacker attacks on commercial Web sites. In a number of cases, hackers have flooded Web servers or other network devices with massive volumes of requests for connections. The connections cannot be established because the requests have false addresses. Ultimately, the huge amount of unresolved open connections overwhelms the server and denies 'good' connections.
?Protecting the Internet from these vicious attacks is everybody?s business,? said Robert Koch, Proteon director of product marketing. ?We feel it is part of Proteon?s responsibility to lead these preventative efforts and promote industry-wide testing forums. Unsanctioned users must be controlled so that the network as a whole will continue to thrive,? added Koch.
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