PLDT unit to set up scrubbing center

Posted at 07/30/14 5:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) will launch the country's first facility that would analyze Internet traffic to remove bogus and malicious data.

IP Converge Data Services Inc. director for product management and marketing Niño Valmonte said the scrubbing center, which will be launched this year, will protect local e-commerce websites from attacks generated locally and abroad.

Scrubbing centers are centralized data cleansing centers where Internet traffic is analyzed and filtered to remove malicious traffic, such as DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.

IPC, a unit of e-PLDT, is partnering with Hong-Kong-based DDoS Mitigation service provider Nexusguard for the locally-hosted scrubbing center.
"With the rising incidence of DDoS attacks and their increasing complexity and volume, having our very own scrubbing center augments our capabilities to protect local online businesses, and enables us to mitigate local attack traffic in-country as well," Valmonte said.

Around half of all cyber crimes globally are DDoS attacks. The top sources of DDoS attack traffic are the United States and China.

 "This ensures customers that aside from being protected from attacks, the latency with regard to legitimate Internet traffic accessing their websites is minimized," Valmonte said.
"Given IPC’s expertise and progressive expansion in the Philippines in terms of cloud service offerings, we’re confident that we’ve made the right choice to partner with them in this endeavor. Plus, the country’s strategic location in the Asian region makes it a logical choice in establishing a line of defense against the rising tide of DDoS attacks in the area and worldwide," said Bill Barry, Executive Vice President of Nexusguard.