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Infoblox new regional R&D centre in Kuala Lumpur will focus on global DNS threats

AvantiKumar | Feb. 4, 2016
Data and analysis from the new facility in Malaysia will help Infoblox develop solutions to mitigate attacks exploiting the Domain Name System.

Infoblox Malaysia office 

Photo - Infoblox opens new regional centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Infoblox has chosen Kuala Lumpur to launch its first Asian research and development facility, which will help to address global DNS (Domain Name System) threats, said the network control company.

The new facility in Malaysia is part of a global infrastructure that will gather, analyse and research data critical for developing solutions to counter global threats exploiting the DNS, said Ken Pohniman, general manager, ASEAN at Infoblox.

"The cyber security threat landscape has changed significantly with cybercriminals globally targeting DNS to gain unlawful access to enterprise networks and data. Our Malaysian facility will help identify key trends and threats in the region. This will be critical to developing robust DNS security solutions for our customers," said Pohniman.

He said the Domain Name System is usually the most frequently targeted application-layer service for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and enterprises experience these attacks on a regular basis.

Ken Pohniman - Infoblox

Photo - Ken Pohniman, General Manager, ASEAN at Infoblox

Pohniman said Cybercriminals were also using DNS to introduce malware and exfiltrate data. "These attacks can also reduce network performance or even disrupt network access and services, damaging brand reputation and reducing revenue for the organisations."

Infoblox is focused on DNS, DHCP, and IP address management-the category known as DDI-and offers a portfolio of products specifically designed to meet the performance and security needs of enterprises and other service providers, he added.

Asian businesses susceptible

Citing various industry studies and reports, Pohniman said Asian businesses were at least 35 per cent more susceptible to cyber-attacks than the global average. A lack of investments in cyber security and infrastructure have made Asia an easy target for cyber criminals. In addition, the rapid spread of technology without adequate awareness of technological risks has exacerbated the situation in Asia.

He said Infoblox DNS solutions were able to discriminate between legitimate DNS activity from potential threats and can quarantine these threats for further analysis and action.

The company's Malaysia office will act as the new APJ regional support hub, including regional customer support, engineering and sales enablement teams.

With the addition of the Malaysia support centre, Infoblox now provides complete follow-the-sun coverage to customers. This addition is especially beneficial to regional customers, who now have access to a designated customer support facility, said Pohniman. "Our customers are delighted to know we have a support facility in the region. This new office represents a critical move for Infoblox as we renew our focus on Asia to meet the region's anticipated strong development in the coming years."

Pohniman added that the Malaysia's strategic location, pool of skilled workers and technology infrastructure made it an ideal location for Infoblox. The new facility is managed by George Loo, director Customer Support, Asia Pacific and Japan and the Threat Intelligence Group is led by Leslie Smith, director of threat intelligence.


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