IPC, Nexusguard to put up data scrubbing center

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Recognizing the growing need to protect Filipino organizations with web-based businesses from the threat of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, a local firm has partnered with a global expert to enhance the country’s defenses against what is considered to be the world’s most costly cybercrime.

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IP Converge Data Services Inc. (IPC), a unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), is launching the Philippines’ first locally hosted data scrubbing center this year to protect local firms from cyber attacks.

The data scrubbing center will be put up by IPC, the country’s sole provider of Mitigation Services since 2007, in partnership with leading global DDoS Mitigation service provider Nexusguard.

According to IPC, over 50 percent of cyber crimes in the world are DDoS attacks.

“With increasing complexity and volume, having our very own scrubbing center augments our capabilities to protect local online businesses, and enables us to mitigate local attack traffic in-country as well,” Niño Valmonte, IPC director for product management and marketing, said in a statement.

Data scrubbing centers are centralized facilities where Internet traffic is analyzed and filtered to remove bogus and malicious data brought about by DDoS attacks.

Nexusguard, a pioneer in DDoS attack mitigation, operates multiple scrubbing centers around the world.

IPC’s Philippine scrubbing center will be connected to this global network, allowing IPC to protect local e-commerce websites from attacks generated both locally and from foreign shores. According to reports, the top two sources of DDoS attack traffic are the United States and China.

“This ensures customers that aside from being protected from attacks, the latency with regard to legitimate Internet traffic accessing their websites is minimized,” Valmonte said.

The scrubbing center will be co-located in IPC’s own Internet data center facility and operated by experienced and highly skilled DDoS Mitigation professionals. Hence, customers can expect an expert, hands-on approach to DDoS mitigation upon its deployment.

“Given IPC’s expertise and progressive expansion in the Philippines in terms of cloud service offerings, we’re confident that we’ve made the right choice to partner with them in this endeavor. Plus, the country’s strategic location in the Asian region makes it a logical choice in establishing a line of defense against the rising tide of DDoS attacks in the area and worldwide,” said Bill Barry, executive vice president of Nexusguard.

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