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Great firewall of News Limited saves A$5.5M a year

Rodney Gedda (CIO.COM.AU) | April 15, 2010
The security industry is like the outsourcing industry you outsource what makes sense

The types of treats News Limited faces are varied, but Hinch says denial-of-service attacks are increasing and some of the sites owned by the company have been subject to such attacks, particularly MySpace. Another example is the TrueLocal classifieds site which also has suffered a DOS attack.

Hinch says IPS have blocked a huge number of attacks and News Limited has spent a lot of effort on its Web sites for penetration testing.

The security industry is like the general outsourcing industry -- you outsource what makes sense, he said. We recently signed up to Websense spam filtering, which makes sense. Outsourcing security also makes the vendor honest as it's very easy to chance a MX record. If the service fails we can switch. 

 

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