Dalton Utilities turns to Top Layer's intrusion prevention solution for network protection

Top Layer's Attack Mitigator IPS 5500 helps Dalton, Ga.'s Dalton Utilities protect both its private corporate network and the public network its customers access...

Aug 30th, 2005

WESTBOROUGH, MA, Aug. 29, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Top Layer Networks, a developer of high performance intrusion prevention solutions, announced that Dalton Utilities, a regional energy and telecommunications services company in Georgia, deployed Top Layer's Attack Mitigator IPS 5500.

The Dalton, Ga., utility is using the IPS 5500 to protect its internal corporate and customer-facing public networks from today's sophisticated cyber threats, saving Dalton significant resources previously committed to threat mitigation while ensuring compliance with various industry standards.

Dalton Utilities is a full service municipal utility that provides telecommunications services to residents and businesses in Dalton, Georgia and surrounding areas. Dalton Utilities customers rely on the company for electricity, natural gas, water and waste water services as well as telephone, cable TV, Internet access and broadband services. Dalton is recognized as one of the most successful Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) providers in the country.

"As a leading provider of Fiber-to-the-Home, Dalton Utilities requires a robust network security infrastructure that can mitigate the onslaught of malware and intrusions released by infected PCs onto the network - PC-based antivirus is no longer enough with the sophisticated nature of today's cyber threats," said Chris King, manager of network systems, Dalton Utilities. "Top Layer's robust intrusion prevention and traffic analysis capabilities provide the highest level of protection while minimizing our staff's need to fix infections, allowing them to focus on other network issues and initiatives. Having the IPS 5500 in place saves our network team on average two man-hours per day - that adds up significantly to greater service and higher quality we can deliver to our customers."

The IPS 5500's high-performance, inline protection is a crucial part of Dalton Utilities' network security infrastructure, eliminating malware that is both attacking the network from the outside and those cyber threats being launched from within the network by infected machines. In addition to its ease-of-use and management, the IPS 5500 has strengthened Dalton Utilities' network by identifying vulnerabilities and analyzing traffic flows that enable Dalton to make better decisions, respond quicker and provide greater network performance to its users - crucial for an Internet service provider in a highly competitive market.

Peter Rendall, president and CEO of Top Layer Networks, added, "The level of protection that service providers offer is crucial to creating a global Internet built on secure computing and communications. Companies like Dalton that understand the value that IPS delivers to its own corporate network as well as the public network it provides to its customers are taking the right steps in creating a safer connected community."

"Clients like Dalton Utilities are realizing that there's much more malicious traffic traversing their networks than ever before," said Bob Freeman, Jr., president of TTM, LLC, a Top Layer Networks reseller. "The reliable, high-performance protection of Top Layer's Attack Mitigator IPS 5500 enables TTM to provide the effective security solution that our customers require as they face today's adaptive threats."

The Attack Mitigator IPS 5500 family offers the strongest levels of network IPS protection, performance and reliability on the market today. By improving upon the most powerful characteristics of stateful firewall technology and intrusion detection systems, Top Layer has developed the IPS 5500 in order to protect against attacks in real-time with minimal interruption of legitimate traffic. Top Layer executes high performance, non-disruptive deep packet inspection and analysis coupled with intelligent blocking of attacks through TopFire™ second-generation ASIC technology and TopInspect™ Deep Packet Inspection.

Founded in 1997, Top Layer Networks (www.toplayer.com) develops network security solutions that enable enterprises worldwide to protect their infrastructure and critical online assets from cyber-threats. Its patented, ASIC-based products are engineered to deliver accurate and reliable protection mechanisms while operating as robust in-line network security devices. The company is based in Westboro, Mass., with sales and support presence in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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