StopBadware and Nominum to Fight Malware
Nominum, a leading provider of Intelligent DNS (Domain Name System) solutions to service providers, enterprises and government agencies, announced today that it has partnered with StopBadware, a non-profit organization working to combat viruses, spyware, and other malware. Originally a project of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, StopBadware was spun off as a standalone non-profit organization in January 2010, with the support of Google, PayPal, and Mozilla.
As part of the new partnership, Nominum, whose Intelligent DNS System protects end users from threats on the Internet in real time, will take advantage of StopBadware’s independent review process as an additional check on the validity of websites that are categorized as “confirmed bad” in Nominum’s system. “StopBadware has a track record of helping companies effectively and responsibly protect consumers from badware,” said Nominum Chairman and Chief Scientist Paul Mockapetris, who joined the StopBadware board of directors in June. “Their mission aligns with Nominum’s goal of using our advanced technology and market leadership to make the Internet safer for everyone.”
A DNS request is a necessary first step to access most resources on the Internet, and with their capabilities, Nominum, whose software powers the majority of the Internet’s DNS lookups, is in a unique position to prevent end users from accessing malicious domains on a massive scale. The partnership between Nominum and StopBadware will provide website owners with a proven, open, fair, and transparent method to get their sites reviewed if they believe they should not be on a threat list. The independent review process will ensure Nominum and its customers are only blocking domains representing active threats to ISPs’ users.
Nominum’s system works in real time across any type of network (wireless, DSL, cable, fiber), and overcomes the limitations of existing technology for mitigating Internet threats. It can block access to malicious domains across the largest networks in the world and does not require any specialized equipment or changes to the network architecture (see related announcement “SKYE Network Protection Service Cleans up Networks,” 9/13/10).
“Nominum can make a major contribution toward protecting users from badware,” said Maxim Weinstein, Executive Director of StopBadware. “This carries with it an obligation to ensure that legitimate domains are not impacted. Nominum recognizes and embraces its responsibility to get things right, and we look forward to sharing our experience to help make that possible.”
Later this year Nominum will become the first DNS vendor to be a StopBadware data provider, and will contribute malicious domain data gathered by its own researchers over their global network to the Badware Website Clearinghouse. Nominum will also sponsor StopBadware to support their growth and operations.
StopBadware is a non-profit organization that works with its network of individuals and partner organizations including Google, PayPal, Nominum, and Mozilla to fight back against viruses, spyware, and other badware. The organization began as a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University before spinning off as a standalone organization in 2010. It is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information visit www.stopbadware.org.
Nominum’s Intelligent DNS systems improve IP networks of all sizes globally; ensuring people always have a safe, secure and enjoyable Internet experience. Nominum in-network software solutions and SKYETM hosted services form the foundation of the always-on Internet, protecting networks and the families and businesses that use them, and providing superior performance, and reliability. Nominum software and SKYE services now support more than 500 million fixed and mobile broadband users as well as enterprises, universities, and government agencies in every region. For more information visit www.nominum.com.
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