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02/27/2013 - Spirent Adds Support for Malware Testing with Realistic Threat Assesment


With Spirent Studio and Spirent Avalanche, companies are better able to test malware handling capabilities of network security devices

Sunnyvale, California — (February 27, 2013) — Spirent Communications, a leader in testing networks, services and devices, today announced the release of malware testing capabilities on Spirent Studio. With the addition of malware testing, Spirent offers its customers a comprehensive solution to test a range of security issues, including fuzzing, encryption, VPN, signature-based attacks and DDoS threats. Combined with Spirent Avalanche, Studio delivers multi-10 Gbps capacity, security, and performance testing for network and web application infrastructure.

The growth in the BYOD trend changes the mix of traffic on the network and may significantly increase the chances of being attacked by malware, thereby impacting network security and performance. The BYOD trend may result in IT having to cope with users attaching devices with non-standard operating systems, out-of-date patches, missing or unsupported protocols and little or no security software. Notwithstanding all the challenges, IT must still ensure secure and properly functioning enterprise networks and services.

Spirent's approach to testing malware includes replicating malware binaries being sent through firewalls and IPS/IDS devices as payload over HTTP and FTP transports. It also includes replicating the behavior of infected end devices. This latter step is essential to detecting and eliminating advanced persistent threats that may have embedded themselves inside a protected network.

"Spirent already offers the widest breadth of security testing capabilities based upon the most realistic events and threats, and this new addition means that our customers can easily include malware in their testing methodologies, giving them protection against the tide of new threats that appear every day," said Ankur Chadda, Product Marketing Manager at Spirent. "There are tens of millions of pieces of malware out in the world, and smart companies are taking this threat seriously by adhering to best practices and utilizing the very latest in malware testing."

Stop by Spirent's booth #2525 during RSA 2013 in San Francisco, February 26 to February 28 to learn more about security testing. For additional information about Spirent's Malware testing capabilities visit, www.spirentfederal.com/IP/Products/Spirent_Studio/Studio_Security/



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Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world’s largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

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