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Merit Routing Assets Database (RADb) to Unveil New Features at NANOG51 in Miami

Merit RADb now provides users with data on status and health of their networks, existing object framework also improved for a better user experience

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Jan. 26, 2011

January 30-February 2, 2011 Miami, Florida

Don Welch

Manish Karir

"In the previous version of Merit RADb, the Database provided value because it was a repository for information that was used for route troubleshooting, backbone configuration, network planning and more.  The new features introduced today add to that value."

"Merit RADb now sends important information back to users through the portal interface, identifying suspected spam or botnet activity," Karir explained.  "The improved object framework provides convenient and powerful asset management and diagnostic tools."

Merit RADb’s latest addition, "Routing Asset Health," features two new functions that focus on the stability of routes that have been registered in the Database and the reputation of individual hosts within those routing blocks.

"Prefix Alerts" inform users about potential anomalies related to their registered prefixes.  Merit RADb accomplishes this by analyzing registered BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) tables and historical origin ASN (Autonomous System Number) information in reference to what is observed in real-time.

Merit RADb has partnered with a number of data providers including Spamhaus, SpamCop, and Shadowserver, as well as several commonly used open data sources such as UCEPROTECT, DShield, and WPBL to better identify suspicious behavior originating from hosts inside a user’s network.  

"Host Reputation" is a new function that aggregates a substantial amount of security information from this diverse set of data sources about network hosts and displays it all in one accessible location.  

"The correlation across multiple data sources is a much stronger indication of true positives that deserve investigation and can help you monitor the perceived health of your network," Karir said.

Merit RADb has improved its user interface, making it easier to view and modify existing information.  RADb now features a simplified process by which users access and view core IRR (Internet Routing Registry) function information, registered data consistency, and RIR (Regional Internet Registry) prefix content.

January 30 to February 2, 2011

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