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Vocus enlists Black Lotus to boost security in A/NZ

Vocus enlists Black Lotus to boost security in A/NZ

Vocus is seeing a phenomenal increase in DDoS attacks

ASX-listed telco Vocus Communications has partnered Black Lotus to bolster its infrastructure security in the face of an increasing number of distributed denial of service attacks.

Vocus, which supplies IP Transit services across Australia and New Zealand, has recently invested significantly in DDoS detection infrastructure, ubiquitously covering all ingress points to the network.

This has created an opportunity to partner with an industry leader to provide mitigation capability.

Founded in 2007, California-based Black Lotus delivers DDoS protection, ranging from full network defence to around-the-clock website and server protection.

Black Lotus secures entire BGP networks through rapid provisioning of DDoS mitigation services on a global terabit-scale network.

According to a company statement, Black Lotus had long planned a presence in the A/NZ market, with plans to establish an operational regional DDoS scrubbing center in Sydney with the help of Vocus by December 1, 2014.

Vocus chief operations officer, Luke MacKinnon, said he was seeing a phenomenal increase in DDoS attacks aimed at customers and the company's network, from many vectors.

"Protecting our network and our customers is our priority, and with Black Lotus we have created an opportunity to provide a cost effective solution to the DDoS problem," she said.

"DDoS is a complex issue, sophisticated techniques used in common attacks are always evolving and keeping up with the arms race requires dedication and resources.

"Rather than reinvent the wheel I see Black Lotus as the perfect partner to provide our ongoing mitigation capability.”

Black Lotus, chief executive, Arman Khalili, said, due to the higher cost of network bandwidth, and the island effect surrounding IP connectivity in and out of Australia, Internet traffic availability was especially precious in A/NZ.

“With Vocus, we can strategically expand our footprint to provide our local and global customers lower latency and reliable uptime for cost-effective mitigation, ensuring they are online regardless of DDoS attack size or vector.”

According to a company statement, Australia and New Zealand are part of Black Lotus’ strategic global scrubbing solution, and with their addition the company will have five global centres deployed.


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