25.04.2017

Logo redGuardianAtman is deploying the redGuardian system – Atende Software’s original solution to protect against DDoS attacks

The leader in the Polish data center market has signed an agreement with Atende Software for deployment of the redGuardian system, which will protect the operator’s network infrastructure against volumetric attacks. The solution’s capacity is sufficient to neutralize high-intensity attacks, and thus represents a response to the growing number of ever more serious incidents threatening cybersecurity.

The redGuardian system has been created and developed fully independently by Atende Software over a number of years. It protects against all types of volumetric (DDoS) attacks, making use of a constantly updated signature list to identify threats. It is distinguished by its ability to fend off attacks on a much larger scale than those generally recorded at present – of the order of hundreds of millions of packets per second at a single node.

The agreement between Atman and Atende lasts for 24 months, with the option of automatic extension to subsequent 15-month periods. At present the system protects the dedicated server infrastructure at the Atman Data Center Warsaw-1, and thus protects all clients leasing servers from Atman. The operator is also beginning to offer its business clients the same type of protection for Internet connections, which means that every interface between the Atman client’s network infrastructure and the Internet, wherever in Poland it may be located, can be protected by redGuardian. The cost of the service does not depend on the size or number of attacks that occur – a subscription is paid for a guaranteed connection bandwidth for filtered traffic and for the time for which the service is used.

The number of attacks that block servers by submitting huge numbers of queries will continue to grow, as will their intensity and reach, enhanced by the use of IoT ecosystems. In October 2016 an attack of this type on Dyn’s servers paralyzed a significant part of the network infrastructure in the United States and parts of Europe. Cybercriminals will be using increasingly advanced attack methods, and ensuring that our clients’ data is adequately protected is a priority for us. For this reason we have decided to deploy a new, high-performance anti-DDoS solution. We have no doubts that the redGuardian system will come up to our expectations and those of our clients – explains Sylwester Biernacki, Atman’s CEO.

The deployment of the system in the Atman network is a very important step in the development of the redGuardian product. We are pleased that Atman has opted for a solution developed in Poland. A key competitive advantage of our product is its very high capacity and scalability, which go significantly beyond the volumes of attacks so far recorded in Poland – said Przemysław Frasunek, Multimedia & Security Department Director at Atende Software.

The business of cybercrime

One piece of evidence that DDoS attacks will become more common is the reported profitability of cybercriminal activity. While the least harmful such attacks can now be ordered on the black market for just $7, and those of higher intensity are valued at around $100, attacks aimed at well-secured sites that are harder to bring down may cost $400 or more. According to experts from Kaspersky Lab, the profit margin on DDoS attacks carried out to order may be as high as 95%.

There is no shortage of examples confirming the growing frequency of DDoS attacks in Poland. Last year, for instance, North Korean cybercriminals were behind an attack launched against Polish financial institutions. Somewhat earlier, one of the largest Polish providers of cloud computing services suffered a cyberattack with an intensity of 24 million packets per second, bringing down sites hosted by that operator. Taking a broader view, according to a PwC survey on the state of Polish cybersecurity, as many as 96% of firms with at least 100 employees had experienced 50 or more attempted attacks in the past year.

About Atende Software

The main goal of Atende Software’s operations is innovation. The company was founded in 2007 by a group of engineers, and specializes in creating original, out-of-the-ordinary technological solutions. It is a leading supplier of CDN services and software for online television, and is also a technological partner of the most important multimedia undertakings in Poland. The redGalaxy product is used by such organizations as TVN S.A. (player.pl) and P4 Sp. z o.o. (playnow.pl). In the first project of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, Atende provided an AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system for Energa-Operator S.A., in what was the largest deployment in Poland in the Smart Grid field. Atende also designs intelligent metering devices. It further specializes in cybersecurity, creating original solutions to protect critical infrastructure and mitigate DDoS attacks. For more information see www.atendesoftware.pl oraz www.redguardian.eu.

About Atman

ATM S.A., operating under the Atman brand name, is a Warsaw Stock Exchange listed corporation which is the leader in the Polish data center market and expert in the secure transmission and processing of data. Atman provides colocation, hosting and cloud computing services at its own data centers, which contain total space of 13,600 square meters. Using its foreign connections and its fiber-optic networks in the largest cities in Poland, Atman offers broadband services, including Internet access and data transmission. Its main clients are telecommunications operators, traditional media and Web portals, as well as businesses in the financial sector, commerce and industry. For more information see www.atman.pl.

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