Arbor Networks has launched the next generation version of its ATLAS internet monitoring system.


Version 2.0 now includes real-time global internet traffic, routing and application information to help internet service providers to efficiently manage their networks' existing capacity, while delivering services in a secure environment.


The 100+ participating providers have agreed to share the data on anonymous traffic data on an hourly basis. Through Arbor's Peakflow SP and eSeries deployments, customers share anonymous data about their networks that is aggregated into the ATLAS system.


This is then analysed by Arbor's security research team and shared among ISPs. Over the past two years Arbor Networks has improved and extended its ability to gather real-time business intelligence data designed to help service providers understand not just the malicious traffic on their networks, but the impact of global internet events on their business.

Danny McPherson, chief security officer at Arbor Networks, said: “With this new iteration of ATLAS, we are in a unique position to answer important questions about the growth of the internet across geographic regions, the popularity of applications and services and emerging attack vector trends.”


Arbor Networks' chief scientist Craig Labovitz, said: “This is a collaboration effort to gather and share data. The concept of sharing data got bigger between 2004-2005, before then people would never share data and this is where it has its roots.


“Now we have expanded the participants to over 100 to share information on threats and on how the network is evolving to a rapidly changing market.”