South Korea's Largest Mobile Operator, SK Telecom, Selects Arbor Networks' Peakflow(R) SP Platform for Mobile Infrastructure & Service Protection

Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:00am EDT

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  CHELMSFORD, MA, Sep 19 (Marketwire) -- 
Arbor Networks, Inc., a leading provider of network security and
management solutions for enterprise and service provider networks, today
announced that SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM), the largest mobile service
provider in Korea, has selected Arbor's Peakflow SP platform in order to
maintain the performance and availability of their mobile network and

    In South Korea, SK Telecom is a leading wireless communications operator,
serving more than 26 million subscribers. SK Telecom is recognized as one
of the most innovative technology companies in the telecom industry as it
continues to invest in building its advanced mobile network, bringing
more innovative services to customers. Managing the rise in mobile data
and signaling traffic due to the ever increasing usage of 3G and 4G
devices such as smartphones and tablets and protecting their network from
DDoS attacks and mobile application anomalies are just some of the many
challenges SK Telecom faces on a daily basis.

    "We have seen Internet sourced DDoS attacks target our mobile network and
service. And lastly, we routinely see mobile application anomalies such
as recovery storms, which aren't malicious in nature, but act like DDoS
attacks on our mobile network. In any case, this sort of activity puts
additional traffic on an already stressed mobile network infrastructure.
Therefore it's vital that these attacks be detected and stopped as soon
as possible before they impact our customers' quality of experience,"
said Kevin Hong, Senior Security manager SK Telecom.

    "As the amount of smart devices and mobile data traffic continues to rise
worldwide, Mobile Network Operators can rely upon the Peakflow SP and TMS
solution to detect and stop both malicious and non-malicious DDoS events
before they impact the performance and availability of their mobile
network and services. SK Telecom recognizes these threats and is
implementing solutions that ensure that their customers will have the
dynamic user experience they have come to expect from such an innovative
company as SK Telecom," said Attley Ng, Arbor Networks vice president for

    Mobile Infrastructure & Service Protection
 As mobile broadband networks
become more like fixed broadband networks, mobile operators will
undoubtedly experience the same threats to their mobile subscribers and
infrastructure as fixed broadband operators. For example, mobile
application anomalies causing recovery or retry storms and
Internet-sourced DDoS attacks that target specific mobile infrastructure
(i.e. SGSN, GGSN, DNS etc.) are starting to become more common. And it's
only a matter of time when mobile operators will be plagued with
compromised / infected mobile broadband subscribers that threaten and
impact their mobile infrastructure and services.

    Unfortunately many mobile operators are unsuccessfully relying upon
traditional security devices such as firewalls to stop these threats.
Fortunately Arbor's Peakflow SP and Peakflow SP Threat Management System
(TMS) is a comprehensive threat detection and mitigation solution that
protects their mobile infrastructure and services from threats.

    Backbone, Peering/Transit Edge Visibility and Optimization 
 SK Telecom
has invested heavily into the access, backhaul and core of their mobile
network. By leveraging IP flow data (i.e. Netflow, sFlow etc.) embedded
in network backbone and peering/transit edge routers, Peakflow SP enables
SK Telecom to gain cost effective visibility into where their mobile
network traffic is going to and coming from. 

    Botnet protection via the ATLAS(R) Intelligence Feed 
 A new feature
within the Peakflow platform is the ATLAS Intelligence Feed (AIF) which
delivers deep DDoS signatures in real-time to keep networks protected
against hundreds of botnet-fueled DDoS attack toolsets and their
variants. This unique feed includes geo-location data and automates the
identification of attacks against infrastructure and services from known
botnets while ensuring that updates for new threats are automatically
delivered without software upgrades. The ATLAS Intelligence Feed enables
SK Telecom to directly benefit from the depth and breadth of Arbor's
research team.

    The Arbor Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT) is a recognized
industry expert when it comes to Internet threat analysis. ASERT's
primary focus is on botnets, which account for a majority of the DDoS
attacks on the Internet today. ASERT has unique visibility into DDoS
botnets because of its ATLAS infrastructure, which combines a darknet
sensor network with traffic data from more than 230 service provider
customers around the world. This enormous dataset enables ASERT to
develop a unique, globally-scoped view of malicious traffic traversing
backbone networks that form the Internet's core. This insight is
critical, as botnets are constantly changing and updating to thwart

    For more information on Arbor Networks(R) DDoS Detection & Mitigation
Solutions, please go to:

    About Arbor Networks
 Arbor Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of
network security and management solutions for next-generation data
centers and carrier networks, including the vast majority of the world's
Internet service providers and many of the largest enterprise networks in
use today. Arbor's proven network security and management solutions help
grow and protect customer networks, businesses and brands. Through its
unparalleled, privileged relationships with worldwide service providers
and global network operators, Arbor provides unequalled insight into and
perspective on Internet security and traffic trends via the ATLAS(R)
Active Threat Level Analysis System. Representing a unique collaborative
effort with 230+ network operators across the globe, ATLAS enables the
sharing of real-time security, traffic and routing information that
informs numerous business decisions.

    For technical insight into the latest security threats and Internet
traffic trends, please visit our website at and our
blog at

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Whit Chapman 

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