Tektronix Communications to Buy Arbor Networks

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Arbor Networks will be bought by Tektronix Communications for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced on Monday.

The deal is expected to close next month. Tektronix Communications, based in Plano, Texas, makes network management software for service providers specializing in fixed line and mobile access along with other services such as IP (Internet protocol) TV, VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and WiMax, among others.

Arbor Networks, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, provides network management and security software and hardware for ISPs. The company has released much research into distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, botnets and other worldwide network security threats.

Arbor's Peakflow is an anti-DDOS platform that can detect strange behavior on a network and allow administrators to take defensive actions to stop an attack. The company also runs ATLAS, a project encompassing more than 100 service providers around the world that share real-time network information, making it possible to detect potentially malicious traffic early on. Arbor has a public portal where people can see the most prevalent attacks circulating on the Internet, ranging from port scanning activity and zero day exploits.

Textronix said Arbor Networks' technology can address attacks against specific services, such as cloud-based services and DNS (Domain Name System) infrastructure.

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