Nominet has launched an analytics tool, officially called 'turing by Nominet', that it claims will help enterprise firms spot malicious network activity at record speeds.
The Turing tool works by rapidly storing and analysing Domain Name System (DNS) query data using a patent-pending metadata storage architecture that Nominet has spent the past four years developing.
Nominet claims that the system can process terabytes of DNS traffic and manage over 250,000 queries per second, providing an in-depth and dynamic view of all network activity.
The data can be viewed on any browser on any device in a graphical format, and aims to make it easier to spot an array of network threats and problems including botnets, latency, general bugs and errors, malware and man-in-the-middle attacks.
Nominet chief technology officer Simon McCalla said that the firm developed the system as a way to mitigate threats on its own network, which processes four billion queries every day, and expects it to prove a hit with a variety of companies.
"Any enterprise with a large DNS infrastructure will know how difficult it is to understand what is happening with real-time and historic traffic. To build it we had to stop thinking like engineers and start thinking like detectives," he said.
"Up until now, the available network management tools have simply not had the capability to rapidly store and analyse DNS query data in depth. Turing changes the game completely."
Nominet chief executive Russell Haworth added that the firm has already secured an unnamed internet service provider as a customer and is in talks with "some major corporations".
"We're excited that we can now give any organisation running DNS services a key to unlocking the patterns in the data," he said.
"One of the world's largest ISPs is already using our technology and it has also attracted the attention of some major corporations who see its potential for spotting vulnerabilities in what they thought were secure networks."
Nominet is one of many firms looking to data analytics as a means to combat cybercrime.
EY has invested $20m in a security analytics and research centre designed to help customers predict and mitigate attacks.
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