Due to the large number of network attacks the past few years connected with groups such as Anonymous, xl3gi0n, and Wikileaks, network security specialists have had to focus their attention towards methods to mitigate the risks of such attacks. Cisco, a company which makes network availability its business has devoted some time and manpower to this task.

The software giant has attempted to solve this problem (at least to an extent) by integrating into its routers technology developed by a company called Arbor Networks which specializes in network security software. This software called the Arbor Peakflow SP Threat Management System has been licensed by Cisco to embed into its Cisco Carrier-Grade Services Engine on its CRS-1 carrier class routers. By directly embedding this software into the routers, businesses can save time and resources due to the effect of not having to route attack traffic to dedicated centers to be cleaned up. Cisco has stated that each CGSE module will support 10Gbps of DDoS mitigation capability.

In the past, Cisco has worked together with Arbor Networks to attempt to solve the issue of DoS attacks by making their Cisco Guard software work in conjunction with Arbor PeakFlow. When Arbor PeakFlow software would detect a potential threat, Cisco IT would be notified and Cisco engineers would analyze the data and attempt to determine the nature of the traffic generated. However now the embedding of this technology directly in the device should reduce the time required to take action against the attacks.

Sources:
Network World
Cisco Case Study