Ixia on Preventing Industrial Control System Attacks

IXIA LogoSydney, Australia — Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility and security solutions, offers organisations advice on preventing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) attacks in light of the recent report from Dragos on the CrashOverride malware.This malware took down 30 substations in the Ukraine’s power grid late last year, and left 230,000 residents in the Ukraine without power.

The report from Dragos on CrashOverride was detailed and specific. The possibility of this malware strain permeating critical infrastructure around the world is evidence that plants and power systems continue to be under targeted attacks. In fact, early last year, hackers breached the a water utility company that is referred to as the “Kemuri Water Company”. They took control of hundreds of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that manage the flow of toxic chemicals used for water treatment, which could have had dire consequences.

“The work required to create malware targeting specific ICS systems indicates nation-state sponsorship. One does not simply go out and build a ‘mirror lab’ of an electrical grid in their basement,” said Chuck McAuley, Principal Security Research Engineer at Ixia. “Human intelligence backed with strong technical knowledge is needed to create this type of software. Countries, and their private partners involved in infrastructure, need to be proactive about their security measures. In a region such as Europe, where the interconnected electrical grid crosses the borders of many countries, operators need to be ready for cyber attacks at all times.”
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Ixia extends CloudLens Private to deliver visibility into subscriber traffic for mobile operators

IXIA LogoIxia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, announced that the company has extended the capabilities of CloudLens™ Private, Ixia’s integrated cloud visibility platform, with Ixia’s MobileStack™ features. This new software solution delivers visibility into subscriber traffic which enables mobile operators to assure the Quality of Service (QoS) for critical Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and data services in software defined (SDN) and traditional networks.

In 2016, global mobile data traffic increased 63 percent (1), which can significantly impact a carrier’s ability to ensure QoS, a key differentiator that allows mobile operators to gain and retain subscribers. Carriers monitor QoS with specialised monitoring probes. However, with increasing traffic, these probes are challenged to track individual subscriber data, resulting in potential blind spots.

To address this challenge, Ixia has added MobileStack capabilities to CloudLens Private, which enables mobile operators to cost-effectively manage QoS for their subscribers by:
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Ixia delivers first multi-terabit network security test platform for hyperscale data centres

IXIA LogoSydney, AustraliaIxia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, announced the availability of CloudStorm™. CloudStorm is the first multi-terabit network security test platform delivering unprecedented performance to test and validate the increased capacity, efficiency, and resiliency of hyperscale cloud data centres.

Ixia has strengthened its leadership role in the application and security testing market with the introduction of CloudStorm. CloudStorm enables users to validate a data centre’s capacity to handle cloud-scale applications, measure the impact of SSL traffic on performance, and assess Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation techniques to handle terabit attacks. This flexible and scalable solution simulates 2.4 terabits of mixed applications, as well as malicious traffic, to test the critical elements of complex data centres, including server applications, storage workloads, and network security devices.

“As computing evolves to the cloud and Internet of Things, it is increasingly important that networks are secure and perform well,” said Jim Duffy, senior analyst, 451 Research. “While service providers routinely test networks, it is necessary to have tools that enable cloud providers and enterprises to be ready for the cloud. Ixia has adapted their network testing solutions to fulfil this need.”
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Ixia announces first 50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) validation solution on a proven, field tested platform

IXIA LogoSydney, AustraliaIxia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility and security solutions, announces the latest in its history of first-to-market Ethernet speed innovations which will enable customers to successfully deploy 50GbE to meet growing bandwidth requirements as well as reduce cost and space considerations for hyper-scale data centers. Ixia’s 50GbE validation solution, initially demonstrated as a proof-of-concept at industry event Interop in May 2015, strengthens the company’s leadership in setting the pace for new Ethernet protocol and network interface support. It builds on the company’s Xcellon-Multis® family of load modules with 50GbE testing speeds, adding to the previously shipping 10, 25, 40 and 100GbE speeds.

Ixia continues to work with industry leaders to drive deployment and adoption of new Ethernet speeds, and help to create the specifications for both 25GbE and 50GbE as a contributing member of the 25G/50G Ethernet Consortium and to the IEEE P802.3by draft standard for 25GbE. The 50GbE capabilities on Ixia’s Xcellon-Multis QSFP28 follow the company’s introduction of the world’s only shipping 25GbE solution in April 2015, based on the field tested Xcellon-Multis platform. In fact, Ixia successfully connected its Xcellon-Multis QSFP28 load modules over copper media and demonstrated full line rate 50GbE interoperability with the ConnectX®-4 Dual-Port network interface adapter and LinkX 50Gb/s direct attached copper cables from Mellanox Technologies, Inc.
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Ixia launches ThreatARMOR to strengthen enterprise defences against cyber-attacks

IXIA LogoSydney, AustraliaIxia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of application performance and security resilience solutions, launched a new front line of defence for enterprise networks. Ixia’s ThreatARMOR represents another innovation for the company’s Visibility Architecture, enabling enterprises to reduce the ever-increasing size of their global network attack surface. ThreatARMOR is a natural complement to an existing security infrastructure, decreasing the volume of security alerts generated and freeing resources to focus on critical issues.

ThreatARMOR shrinks the network attack surface
A network attack surface is the sum of every access avenue an individual can use to gain access to an enterprise network. Enterprise security tools inspect all traffic, including that which should not be on the network in the first place, such as traffic from known malicious IPs, hijacked IPs, and unassigned or unused IP space/addresses. ThreatARMOR blocks this known bad traffic, reducing the burden on the existing security infrastructure. Ixia’s ThreatARMOR is an easy and fast way to reduce a network attack surface.
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