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Telco Security Misses Mark
Although for years many carriers have employed large staffs of security professionals, most providers still lack basic security safeguards such as DDoS (distributed-denial-of-service) protection on their data networks. Indeed, Telus Corp., a Canadian company, last week became the first North American carrier to install an anti-DDoS system.
Preventing and mitigating DDoS attacks is a challenge in that it requires cooperation among the victim, its ISP and, often, the attacker's ISP. But such cooperation is nearly impossible if providers aren't prepared for an attack.
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