Verisign Plans for Security Alert System
Project Electra will examine Web traffic and provide an early warning system for attacks on the Internet, Verisign officials said Wednesday.WASHINGTONIn a project dubbed Electra, Verisign Inc. plans to expand its proprietary DNS server platformcalled Atlasinto a grid-like infrastructure to support more-sophisticated traffic analysis and pattern recognition. Electra, which will be unveiled next year, will help support an early warning system for Internet attacks. The Mountain View, Calif., company will combine data streams obtained through its online payment service and its naming and directory services to identify threat correlations, according to company chairman and CEO Stratton Sclavos. The online payment system processes 96 million transactions a day, detecting commercial fraud such as identity theft; and the directory services manage 10 billion connections a day.
Put together, the systems can provide the basis for an offense strategy for battling viruses, worms and other Internet attacks, said Sclavos, who was in Washington Wednesday promoting the company. With more sophisticated data analysis, Verisign will be able to offer enterprises earlier warnings about attacks and a prioritized list of remedial steps, he said.