Organizations working on “trusted web” to avert DDoS attacks




Several Dutch companies, including providers and banks, working on a ‘trusted Internet’ in order to protect critical infrastructure against DDoS attacks. Therefore a massive cyber attack would not be able to paralyze the country in one fell swoop.

The plan is to introduce a concept that companies currently call the Trusted Networks Initiative. In fact, it is a shared network temporarily from the worldwide web can be closed when a massive cyber attack occurs. Participants can then thanks to this “trusted web” their critical infrastructure keep in the air, as they expect.

The participating organizations claim that no network manages centrally. This would shut down the Internet network is not top-down but bottom-up place. The organizations believe that the attackers may not directly affect the flow of information within the network.

For organizations, the trusted domain is accessible via a dedicated VLAN-112. In addition, a dedicated server is configured to route the Internet exchanges NL-ix and AMS-IX, as is to be read in the technical definition. During a temporary blockage can Internet users who are not part of the network, not the sites of the participating parties.

For now, the Trusted Networks Initiative, a Dutch project. There do include banks like Rabobank and ING participate. Additionally support include Logius, SIDN, Surfnet, XS4ALL, National Cyber ​​Security Centre and Dutch Datacenter Association project. Organizations that wish to participate, can apply.

The initiative should in future DDoS attacks do less damage. For now, many Dutch institutions regularly the victim of it. In February layers include the sites of the Central Government and Telfort out by such attacks.


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