Fingerprint sharers defend internet

Leading service providers and organisations have set up an organisation to combat global internet attacks and major...

Leading service providers and organisations have set up an organisation to combat global internet attacks and major infrastructure threats.

The Fingerprint Sharing Alliance will share detailed network attack profiles across business and network boundaries in real-time to help block attacks close to the source – the first time that such a proactive and automated mechanism has been possible.

Many of the world’s leading network operators and providers have signed up to the alliance, including BT, Cisco, Energis and MCI.

Dave Harcourt, head of network security at BT Wholesale, said, “Providers like BT spend a lot of time and resources protecting the integrity and availability of their networks to deliver the services our customers expect of us. The Fingerprint Sharing Alliance is a great complement to this because it enables providers to quickly share information on attacks across global networks.

“This is very empowering to any service provider because it facilitates a community for providers to get at the source of attack traffic and minimise the impact it has on everyone’s networks and services.”

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