Plixer NetFlow Analyzer Puts School's Cyber Threats in Time Out
SANFORD, ME, Dec 13, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Plixer International, Inc., a leading provider of NetFlow-based
network traffic reporting, today announced that Bloomington Public
Schools deployed its award-winning Scrutinizer network analyzer, to
help protect its network from continued cyber threats that
off-the-shelf firewalls and antivirus software failed to detect.
Bloomington Public Schools are comprised of 4,000 students, dispersed
across seven different locations. Built to serve three primary
groups, students, teachers and faculty, the schools' IT
infrastructure is comprised of a central data center with Metro TLS
Ethernet links connecting each school via a Cisco backbone as well as
the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Server. Finding the best
solution to effectively protect the network from cyber threats is a
big challenge, as Jason Radford, System Administrator at Bloomington
Public Schools explains.
"Our network is like the 'Wild West,' with traffic coming from every
direction," said Radford. "This makes it very difficult for our team
to effectively monitor and trace network activity."
Over time, the reporting frequency of suspicious PC behavior such as
unrelenting pop-up advertisements and extremely slow performance
began to increase. After a thorough evaluation, the IT team found
that a dangerous virus had manifested itself within the network, and
begun reaching out to specific BOTNET Websites as well as sending
e-mails to further propagate itself into other PCs and devices.
"Our antivirus software just didn't catch it," continued Radford. "It
had already infected more than 100 machines. We turned to Plixer and
their Scrutinizer solution for help."
Scrutinizer reports on which hosts, applications, and protocols are
consuming network bandwidth and provides custom NetFlow reports to
instantly sort data into useful information. Working with Plixer, the
Bloomington IT team installed Scrutinizer and created filters for
SMTP and specific subnets attempting to hit known BOTNET sites. By
using a Scrutinizer saved report as a threat detection algorithm, in
less than one hour, the team at Bloomington identified every single
infected machine and stopped the virus.
"Scrutinizer permits us to drill-down into any type of traffic --
anywhere on the network -- so we can provide fast answers to
potential problems. It has completely changed the way we monitor
network traffic," Radford concluded.
Scrutinizer is a one hundred percent web-based tool that provides
detailed network utilization reports showing the applications and
users generating network traffic. Leveraging the software's domain
utilization report, even sites with secured connections that use
encrypted traffic can't hide from the insight provided by NetFlow and
IPFIX collection and reporting. Scrutinizer is designed to peer deep
into bandwidth traffic and enable the network administrator to easily
see who is consuming bandwidth, what they are using it for and
immediately restore precious bandwidth for work-related needs.
"As computer viruses and malware such as Advanced Persistent Threats
(APTs) become more elusive and damaging, companies need to make
careful decisions regarding soft security solutions," said Michael
Patterson, CEO, Plixer International Inc. "Our Scrutinizer NetFlow
Analyzer is capable of amassing a network traffic view that typical
firewalls and antivirus tools were not built to provide. We are able
to provide a holistic view of the entire enterprise -- regardless of
equipment vendor -- to quickly pinpoint the root cause of harmful
Download a free trial of Plixer's Scrutinizer for NetFlow traffic
analysis or schedule a live demo by calling: (207) 324-8805 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more NetFlow insight, follow Plixer
International on their Blog, Twitter, Facebook or join NetFlow
Developments Group on LinkedIn.
About Plixer International, Inc.
Plixer International, Inc. develops
and markets network traffic monitoring and analysis tools to the
global market. All of the tools are built from the ground up with
valuable feature sets and ease of use in mind. Plixer tools have been
used to analyze and troubleshoot irregular traffic patterns by IT
professionals with some of the largest networks in the world, such as
CNN, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Regal Cinemas,
Raytheon, and Eddie Bauer.
For product and sales information, contact Plixer International, Inc.
at 207.324.8805, or visit http://www.plixer.com.
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