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Riverhead Networks Announces Multi-Gigabit DDoS Protection for the Largest Enterprises & Service Providers

    CUPERTINO, CA (ots) - New XT Series Appliances Combine Industry-Leading Performance and "Zombie Killer" Technologies to Defend Against Widest Range of Massively Distributed Attacks

    Riverhead Networks™, a leading provider of solutions that detect and block distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to preserve business continuity for ISPs, data centers and large enterprises, today announced its next-generation product family that delivers the industry's highest-performance solutions for defending against the most powerful DDoS attacks.

    Two new products -- the Riverhead Guard™ XT and the Riverhead Detector™ XT -- deliver multi-gigabit protection that defends the largest enterprises and service providers against the highest- volume, most sophisticated DDoS attacks. That performance, combined with new Zombie Killer technologies that identify and block hundreds of thousands of attackers, enable businesses to protect their mission-critical applications to maintain business continuity.

    "For Rackspace, it is absolutely critical that we detect and block all types of DDoS attacks for our PrevenTier managed service customers," says Paul Froutan, vice president of Engineering, Rackspace Managed Hosting. "Because attacks are constantly changing and evolving, we need a solution that allows us to keep pace and defeat the latest and largest-scale attacks. Riverhead Networks has consistently demonstrated its ability to anticipate attack trends and deliver solutions that address those trends. With the XT products in place, Rackspace is well-prepared to meet the growing DDoS challenge, which allows us to continue delivering the superior service for which we are known."

    Attacks on the Rise

    DDoS attacks are increasing in both frequency and severity. A recent survey by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) and the FBI found that DDoS attacks were the second most common cyber attack -- and the only one to increase -- in 2003.

    "Hackers are constantly modifying their attacks to evade or overwhelm defenses and do the most damage," says Eric Ogren, senior analyst at Yankee Group. "As a result, businesses are ill-equipped to deal with these evolving attacks using traditional defenses of firewalls, routers and intrusion detection systems. What they need are intelligent, purpose-built network integrity solutions that can detect today's most advanced DDoS attacks, identify the malicious traffic, and block those packets while allowing legitimate transactions to pass. The Riverhead XT products deliver those capabilities, offering the performance that large enterprises and service providers need to protect their infrastructures."

    Highest Performance DDoS Protection

    The Riverhead products provide complete detection and mitigation capabilities. When a DDoS attack is launched, the Riverhead Detector XT, which constantly monitors traffic flows, recognizes the threat and immediately alerts the Riverhead Guard XT. The Guard XT, deployed off upstream routers or switches, then begins diverting traffic addressed to the target to apply a series of patent-pending technologies and algorithms based on Riverhead's unique Multi-Verification Process(tm) (MVP) architecture to identify and remove malicious packet flows while allowing legitimate transactions to pass.

    The XT products feature high-performance hardware that can process Gigabit attacks at full line speeds with minimal latency, ensuring uncompromised business operations even while under severe attack conditions. The XT products also support a unique multi-device architecture that provides incremental capacity scaling for attack protection in excess of 10 gigabits per second.

    Blocking Massive Zombie Attacks

    Riverhead's Zombie Killer technologies deliver another first: the ability to identify and block more than 100,000 zombie attackers, defeating one of the most prevalent and difficult-to-stop DDoS attack sources. In a multi-device deployment, the XT products can detect and block hundreds of thousands of zombies, delivering unparalleled levels of protection against the largest botnet attacks.

    Monitoring and Reporting

    The Riverhead XT products also feature the latest MVP/OS software, version 3.0, which adds new monitoring and reporting capabilities that provide simple, robust operational management, as well as standards-based integration into existing network management environments (see the "Riverhead Networks Delivers New Management, Monitoring and Reporting Capabilities for DDoS Attack Detection & Mitigation" press release dated Jan. 26, 2004).

    Riverhead Product Family

    The Riverhead Guard XT and the Riverhead Detector XT complement the existing Riverhead product family with a high-performance solution targeted at large enterprises and service providers.

    For smaller enterprises or service providers, Riverhead continues to offer the Riverhead Guard and Riverhead Detector, which also utilize the MVP/OS 3.0 operating system to deliver the same management features as the XT products.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Riverhead Guard XT and Riverhead Detector XT are available and shipping now. Pricing starts at $40,000 (U.S. list).

    About Riverhead Networks

    Riverhead defends networks against crippling DDoS and worm attacks, securing Internet availability. By identifying and filtering out malicious traffic, the company's security systems ensure business continuity for ISPs, hosting centers and large enterprises, maintaining network and server availability for legitimate users.

    Riverhead's patent-pending Multi-Verification Process™ (MVP) architecture automatically blocks attack packets and forwards real customer transactions, without relying on other network devices. "Dynamic diversion" enables Riverhead to redirect only traffic flowing towards a targeted resource through the Riverhead Guard to block malicious packets, maximizing scalability and reliability benefits.

    Founded in 2000, privately-held Riverhead Networks is funded by Sequoia Capital, Cisco Systems, Gemini Israel Funds, Intel Capital and Koor Venture Capital. For more information about Riverhead, visit www.riverhead.com.

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    Riverhead Networks, Riverhead Guard, Riverhead Detector and Multi- Verification Process are trademarks of Riverhead Networks Inc. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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