Viruses and malware are an ever-present issue with home networks. With tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktops, often several of the above for each member of the family, it is increasingly hard for consumers to keep all their software up to date. This poses a golden opportunity for malware developers.
Kindsight Security Labs reports that within any given 30-day period, roughly 10 to 15 percent of home networks are infected. Whether botnet infections or a simple virus, these security issues are a danger for consumers and a hassle for service providers.
It also presents an opportunity for value-added services. Service providers can offer their subscribers security protection on the network level, offering it either as a service for a monthly fee or bundled as part of a larger service offering.
One security solution that solutions providers should consider is Kindsight Broadband Security. The service detects threats by analyzing a subscriber’s internet traffic and sending the subscriber alerts and step-by-step instructions on how to remove the threats. Indeed, it has been the source of valuable information through quarterly reports that are tracking the growing rise of malware cases and breaches of cyber-security on broadband devices and smartphones
The Kindsight (News - Alert) Broadband Security service is embedded on the service provider network and is both always up-to-date and immune to being disabled by malware.
The service is composed of four components: a network intrusion detection system, an alert reporting cluster, a subscriber remediation portal, and a signature update service.
The network intrusion detection system is a series of sensors that are deployed at strategic locations within the service provider network to analyze traffic for evidence of malware infections without impact on network performance. These analytics discover any signatures of malware going across the network.
The alert reporting cluster contains several components that are installed at the service provider’s data center to process and store events from the sensors, as well as trigger real-time action against malware in the network.
The subscriber remediation portal helps deliver notifications to customers via their method of choice, whether email, SMS, app, or Web site.
Finally, Kindsight has a signature update service that provides thorough security threat signature coverage with low false positives and is continually updated as the foundation of the Kindsight Security Services.
Together, the components keep home networks safe from malware, particularly the growing threat from spyware even if the consumers mostly use tablets and just need mobile security. Whatever the device, Kindsight Broadband Security keeps subscribers safe.
Edited by Peter Bernstein