August 11, 2008

NetDepot Deploys Top Layer Security IPS 5500 to Extend Intrusion Prevention to Its Data Center Customers

Top Layer Security, a leading global provider of Network Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), announced today that NetDepot, a low-cost, high-quality provider of hosting infrastructure and utility computing, has deployed its IPS 5500 intrusion prevention solutions. NetDepot selected Top Layer after a competitive review of leading products for the company's ability to handle a wide variety of threats in a single solution, including undesired access, malicious content and botnet attacks, while protecting applications and infrastructure from zero day threats.

Hosting and data center environments have unique security requirements and face threats that go beyond those found in enterprise networks and infrastructure. As many companies rely on the outsourced servers and connectivity provided by a hosting company to conduct business, a unique combination of high-performance networks and staunch security is critical to creating a successful hosting business. Seeking to bolster its security capabilities because of network performance that was being impacted by malicious traffic, NetDepot evaluated several intrusion prevention systems on the market to secure its network.

"As a hosting provider, we needed to deploy an IPS that enabled us to address several areas of security and network availability, specifically focusing on PHP and SQL injection attacks, file inspection and optimizing network bandwidth and application utilizations - all within our Linux and Unix infrastructure," said Jeff Hinkle, president of NetDepot. "We were relieved to finally find a vendor like Top Layer that could help NetDepot not only protect against the more common Windows-based threats, but also cater to the Unix-based and Linux-based menaces that threaten our infrastructure on a daily basis. Top Layer's flexibility and ability to address the specific needs of our organizations was a key to NetDepot deploying the IPS 5500 over several competitors."

Top Layer and NetDepot's team worked hand-in-hand to develop and test a bevy of innovative protection mechanisms unique to NetDepot's environment, bringing enhanced protection beyond the robust out-of-the-box capabilities inherent in the award-winning IPS 5500 - a combination head-and-shoulders above the competition. Today, NetDepot's team works closely with the Top Layer team to dissect new threats as they emerge in the hosting industry to leverage the extensive protection capabilities of the IPS 5500. The Top Layer solution provides the flexibility to augment the appliance in real-time, providing leading-edge protections optimized for NetDepot's architecture. Combined with this intimate approach to customer collaboration, Top Layer's IPS 5500 has demonstrated the right set of security features that are optimal for a hosting environment and the hands-on know-how and commitment to get the job done.

Through this deployment, Top Layer helped NetDepot address three critical areas of security most concerning to the company:

1. PHP & SQL injection attacks: which target customer servers, propagating malware, victimizing NetDepot's customers' customers and creating botnets;

2. File Inspection: Top Layer's ability to do file scrubbing on specific files being uploaded across the network satisfied a key concern for NetDepot and those operating in a hosting environment;

3. Optimizing network bandwidth and application utilization

"Hosting providers are faced with a unique set of security challenges, needing to protect their customers from the latest threats, while ensuring that their network is up and available at all times," said Ken Pappas, vice president of marketing and security strategist at Top Layer Security. "Intrusion prevention is a critical component of a defense-in-depth strategy that enables leading businesses like NetDepot to ensure that their customers are protected."

About the Top Layer IPS 5500

The IPS 5500 family of products is built in the USA and offers the strongest levels of network protection, performance, and reliability on the market today. By combining content-based IPS/IDS, stateful firewall, and attack mitigation algorithms, the IPS 5500 is the only solution that provides Three Dimensional Protection (3DP) against malicious content, undesired access and botnet-based attacks. Top Layer's architecture enables the IPS 5500 to protect enterprises and service providers from sophisticated attacks in real-time while enabling the highest throughput of legitimate traffic.

The IPS 5500 E-series has received top accolades from the world's most prestigious labs and influential publications. In addition, Top Layer has received significant recognition from the NSS Group, Computer Reseller News, Information Security Magazine, IT Week, Service Provider Weekly, the Tolly Group and was awarded "Best Buy" status by SC Magazine in their 2007 review of IDS/IPS solutions as well as Best IPS Product of 2007.

About Top Layer Security

Top Layer Security is dedicated to its role as a leading global provider of Network Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), developing and bringing to market network security infrastructure solutions that help commercial and government organizations protect their critical on-line assets from the losses and risks associated with cyber threats. Top Layer Security is headquartered in Massachusetts, USA with sales and services support worldwide.

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