NETSCOUT’s Arbor Sightline with Sentinel Brings Intelligent DDoS Protection to the Network Edge

Inter-provider signaling lets multi-network operators coordinate attack response

NETSCOUT’s Arbor Sightline with Sentinel Brings Intelligent DDoS Protection to the Network Edge

In the digital world, business increasingly functions at the network edge, from massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployment to cloud-based networks and the breathtaking potential of 5G technology. At the same time, service providers and enterprises face a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape that saw 4.8 million DDoS attacks in the last six months of 2019. To live this world, companies must find a way to build next-generation DDoS protection to defend these next-generation technologies.

That’s why NETSCOUT has launched Arbor Sightline with Sentinel (Sightline with Sentinel). Designed to deliver the next generation of DDoS protection for service providers and large enterprises, Sightline with Sentinel integrates network infrastructure defense functions into an orchestrated capability that cost-effectively delivers industry-leading protection for network, customer, and application services.

Mitigation at the Edge

“As networks evolve, operators are looking to mitigate DDoS attacks at the network’s edge with speed and accuracy,” said Jeff Wilson, research director and advisor, cybersecurity technology at IHS Markit (now part of Informa Tech). “They’re challenged by the growth of IoT-enabled botnets, and the unknowns brought about by technologies like 5G, which make planning DDoS mitigation for the near future very difficult. They need always-on, automated solutions that offer Layer 7 visibility and protection so they can roll out new services to their customers across networks.”

A majority of the world’s internet service providers (ISP), along with data center operators and large network operators, rely on NETSCOUT Arbor solutions for advanced DDoS protection. Sightline with Sentinel builds upon these foundations in several important ways:

  • Layer 7 visibility. By using NETSCOUT’s ASI technology and intelligent analytics to identify application-layer threats at terabit scale, Sightline with Sentinel allows the network to play an active role as a defense shield to block threats closer to the network’s edge to enable next-generation always-on, value-added services.
  • Inter-provider signaling. The new inter-provider signaling function allows network operators to share attack data and proactively coordinate defense against DDoS attacks, stopping them nearer to the attack source.
  • Smart protection. Sightline with Sentinel uses smart visibility to drive intelligently automated analytics and mitigation functions, inside and outside of the network. By using the capabilities of routers within a multi-vendor infrastructure in conjunction with the Arbor Threat Mitigation System, Sightline with Sentinel can mitigate attacks, regardless of size and complexity. It provides detailed reporting through a single pane user-interface.
  • Smart visibility. Sightline with Sentinel leverages NETSCOUT Smart Data to provide ISPs with a deep understanding of the services their customers use, as well as allow them to detect a broader range of application-layer threats to enable a new breed of visibility and security value-added services.

Find out more about Arbor Sightline with Sentinel here.