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China Unicom deploys one of the world's largest DDoS protection systems

By Sara Barker
Tue 3 Apr 2018
FYI, this story is more than a year old

China Unicom is building its biggest DDoS protection and mitigation system ever with the help of Taiwan-based network security provider Genie Networks.

The two companies will work together to develop the distributed denial of service (DDoS) system to protect China Unicom’s own backbone network and to develop DDoS protection solutions for China Unicom customers.

China Unicom is currently using more than 100 GenieATM systems created by Genie Networks. With more than 77 million broadband subscribers and 287 million mobile service subscribers, China Unicom is one of China’s largest communication service providers.

The company says that it strives to provide secure networking and superior network performance, however DDoS attacks are becoming more challenging to manage.

Faster data traffic, more devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and evolving attack techniques are creating critical need for DDoS protection that processes network traffic to detect and mitigate threats in real time.

"With an ever-evolving attack landscape, China Unicom takes cyber security issues seriously,” comments China Unicom’s Network Security Operations Center technical director, Mr. Lu.

According to China Unicom, the GenieATM deployment will monitor traffic information from hundreds of backbone routers, support analysis and detection of Tera bps traffic, enables attack traffic scrubbing, and it will deliver a user self-service portal for traffic and incident intelligence.

The company says the deployment protects the network from DDoS attacks and adds value-added security services to subscribers.

“With the scale of the network infrastructure, the magnitude of monitored traffic, and the capacity of attack detection and scrubbing, the China Unicom's DDoS protection deployment is one of the largest in the world,” the company says in a statement.

“By teaming up with Genie and leveraging its GenieATM solution, we are in a great position to safeguard our network operations as well as offer security services to benefit our customers. In the future, we'd be delighted to have more opportunities in working with Genie on cyber traffic intelligence and security,” Lu concludes.

Genie Networks is also continuing its own push into Asia Pacific with a new office in Mumbai, India.

The company says its India office underscores its decision to strengthen its APAC presence, and it also highlight strong customer demand for network-wide visibility into data traffic and the managed security services business.

Its customers include government organizations, universities, communication service providers, and enterprises.

 Genie Networks also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Singapore.

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