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PHL's first data scrubbing center soon to rise

Before end-2014, the Philippines may have its first data scrubbing center to mitigate the effects of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
IP Converge Data Services Inc. will partner with global DDoS mitigation service provider Nexusguard to launch the Philippines’ first locally hosted data scrubbing facility.
“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,” said IPC Director for Product Management and Marketing Niño Valmonte.
Valmonte said this ensures customers that "aside from being protected from attacks, the latency with regard to legitimate Internet traffic accessing their websites is minimized.”
Data scrubbing centers are centralized facilities that analyze and filter Internet traffic to thwart bogus and malicious data from DDoS attacks.
IPC said it seeks to enhance the country’s defenses against what it said is the world’s most costly cybercrime.
More than half of cyber crimes in the world involve DDoS attacks, it noted.
Under the setup, IPC's scrubbing center will be connected to Nexusguard's network of scrubbing centers around the world.
With this, IPC can protect local e-commerce websites from local and foreign attacks. It noted the top two sources of DDoS attack traffic are USA and China.
The IPC said the scrubbing center will be co-located in IPC’s Internet data center facility and operated by experienced and highly skilled DDoS mitigation professionals.
“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.
Meanwhile, local enterprises can look forward to a number of advantages, including low latency to ensure faster turn-around time for data to be transmitted within the country.
Before this, scrubbing operations had to be farmed out to centers elsewhere in Asia.
Also, local support means ease of access for Philippine-based clients. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News