Radware Teams Up with RSA to Boost Real-Time SolutionsBy Ericka Chickowski | Posted 2009-07-20 Email Print
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The alliance was formed to help Radware adjust to the limitations of its more traditional signature-based IPS protection, which offers flimsy protection against the most common campaign practices by malware developers and cyber-criminals.
Radware is hoping to lure more business from managed security service providers (MSSPs) now that a new partnership with EMC’s RSA business will enable it to refine its intrusion prevention system (IPS) and Denial of Service protection solution.
Radware announced last week a relationship with RSA that will enable Radware DefensePro customers to take advantage of the real-time online threat information found by the RSA FraudAction Anti-Phishing and Anti-Trojan Service. The alliance was formed to help Radware adjust to the limitations offered by its more traditional signature-based IPS protection, which offers flimsy protection against the most common campaign practices carried out by malware developers and cyber-criminals.
In the current cyber-environment, most Trojan campaigns live out their entire lifecycles within the period of a few hours—a timeframe far shorter than is necessary for security researchers to discover them and create preventative signatures for IPS and anti-virus detection. Hence, the development of the RSA FraudAction service, which is driven by work done by fraud analysts at RSA’s 'round-the-clock Anti-Fraud Command Center, who fight to detect complicated phishing, pharming and Trojan attacks as they occur. According to RSA, the service itself has aided in the shutdown of more than 165,000 illicit Websites around the world.
Radware hopes that by marrying the service’s information feeds, it can better prepare service providers who need to protect customers as attacks occur.
"Leveraging our real-time signature technology with RSA feeds provides a way to immediately react and fight emerging threats," said Avi Chesla, vice president of security at Radware in a statement. "Working with RSA enables Radware to leverage its network security solution for MSSPs by turning RSA feeds into real-time signatures employed by Radware's DefensePro and to help proactively prevent information and identity theft without human intervention."
For its part, RSA is holding to a promise of collaboration made by its president, Art Coviello, during this year’s RSS Security Conference keynote. At the time, Coviello urged security companies and other players in the security "ecosystem" to find better ways to integrate and work together to fight the criminals, who themselves are partnering and collaborating to perpetrate more attacks. Coviello’s lieutenant, Sam Curry, echoed sentiments about the ecosystem in a statement about the Radware partnership.
"We must continue to grow a stronger security ecosystem in order to become a more effective and organized entity against the vast underground network of fraudsters," said Curry, vice president of product management at RSA.