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Plixer's ITC Center Tracks Internet Threats Across the Globe


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December 12, 2012

Plixer's ITC Center Tracks Internet Threats Across the Globe

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

Flexible NetFlow provider, Plixer International (News - Alert) has released a new weapon in the war against Internet threats, the all new Internet Threat Center (ITC).  Using hundreds of observation points deployed across the Web, ITC intends to provide a near real-time view of malicious Internet threats across the globe.

As per the recent blog post on NetFlow Knights blog by Adam Powers, Plixer customers will get access to the ITC via regular updates to their Internet host reputation data downloaded from the ITC directly to their Scrutinizer installations.

To alert users when ITC suspects are active within the customer’s network, NetFlow data collected from routers and switches within their network is compared to an ITC data environment.

According to Plixer, ITC is updated regularly throughout the day with details for thousands of threats located all over the world. The main graphic at the top of the ITC is your primary workspace. The darker the color, the higher the current threat index value for the given country is.

A user can click on a country to see the level of threat in that region. They can then zoom into areas of interest on the map. In fact, the center even allows a user to click on individual threats for more details.

In addition to the interactive global view, several additional charts give an overview of threat occurrences by country and by continent. Because the U.S. has very high level of connectedness and density of PCs within the country, our country continues to appear at the top of the list most of the time.

Yet, the most interesting chart provided by the ITC is at the bottom of the page, called “threat radar in your location”. Using your current location, it displays Internet threats that are located in closest proximity to you.

Before using the ITC dashboard, you must enable NetFlow within your network and then download and install Plixer’s Scrutinizer NetFlow analysis system. Once successfully installed, Scrutinizer will synchronize with the ITC notifying you anytime a suspicious host becomes active within your network.

Speaking of Scrutinizer, Plixer recently upgraded the Scrutinizer’s NetFlow analysis with support for EM-7 from ScienceLogic (News - Alert).

To read the full report, click here.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

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