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Neutralize Home Network Attacks and Risks Every Day with Your Router

Dec 14th, 2016

Integrated network security suite includes the world’s first implementation of commercial-grade intrusion prevention technology in a consumer router


· AiProtection features the world’s first implementation of commercial-grade intrusion prevention technology in a consumer router

· AiProtection blocked almost five million attacks and nearly 150 million attempts to access malicious websites during the first half of 2016

·  AiProtection prevents infected devices sending personal information to malicious servers, and provides easy home network security auditing

We are all becoming more aware of hackers being able to access and share people’s private photos/videos, work data as well as financial information and can cost you dearly in money being transferred or privacy being invaded to an embarrassing level. During your day to day browsing, you might be unaware of the amount of malicious software actually accessing your network. If you’re browsing unsecured websites, opening attachments, or downloading unsecured software, you might have also acquired some unwanted intrusions. This is why we make use of an anti-virus, although that does not seem to be enough considering the different devices on a network. What if routers alone could block these attacks or add a needed layer of protection?

During the first half of 2016, AiProtection network security software —  an integral feature of selected ASUS routers — neutralized almost five million internet-based threats and nearly 150 million blocked attempts to visit websites with hidden security threats. This represents a daily average of approximately 1.5 attacks and risks neutralized on each AiProtection-enabled router.

AiProtection is a router-based security software developed in response to the security needs of modern home networks. It incorporates advanced technology from Trend Micro™ — including the first consumer implementation of commercial-grade intrusion prevention technology — to detect, block and neutralize security threats on home networks. AiProtection can prevent infected devices — even those without anti-virus capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices — from sending personal information to malicious web servers. The proactive protection given by AiProtection is also a key feature that helps defend the network from devices with missing or out-of-date security protection.

With the recent evolving types of threats associated with ‘smart’ IoT devices, home routers are increasingly the focal point of network security. Traditional infection vectors such as viruses and malware are now augmented by more insidious cyber-threats, including ransomware, phishing and other social engineering attacks, which are aimed at stealing or extorting money or compromising users’ personal data. AiProtection actively provides secured home network through commercial-grade technology, actively blocking malicious websites, connections between infected devices and malicious servers, and providing home network security auditing.

Commercial-grade technology

ASUS AiProtection includes a commercial-grade intrusion prevention system (IPS). This features a sophisticated Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine to analyze the contents of all data packets entering or leaving the home network, and block any malicious or suspicious packets, regardless of the device they originated from.

AiProtection is updated automatically, with both scheduled and rapid-reaction updates ensuring the most up-to-date protection for users’ devices.

During the first half of 2016, analysis of ASUS AiProtection activity on the installed base of ASUS routers indicated that over almost five million internet-based attacks were prevented, which is an average of over 1.5 attacks per day on each AiProtection-enabled router.

Blocks malicious websites

ASUS AiProtection incorporates the cloud-based Trend Micro Web Reputation Services (WRS), which intercepts URL requests and checks them with the WRS database before allowing access. If the URL is found to be malicious, it is blocked, protecting the user from potential threats.

According to Trend Micro, 76 percent of ransomware is delivered via spam email. Links to malicious sites contained in such emails, or posted on other unsafe websites, are one of the main sources of ransomware infections.

The scale of the problem can be seen from the fact that on a single day, over 800,000 requests to access malicious sites were successfully blocked by AiProtection.

Blocks infected devices

Infected devices connected to a network can function as gateways that allow other devices on the network to be infected, or help relay private data to external servers. ASUS AiProtection detects infected devices and prevents them from compromising the local network. It also severs any suspicious external connections. Users are immediately notified via email if this happens, so they can take appropriate action.

Easy home network security auditing

ASUS AiProtection also offers users an easy way to check the overall security of their home network. It scans 14 critical router settings and alerts users to potential risks, as well as recommending ways to fix the problems.

Whether your household consists of one person or a large extended family, your security and privacy is crucial in today’s digital world, so take every measure to protect it.

To read more about AiProtection, click here https://www.asus.com/AiProtection/

ASUS Routers that have AiProtection built in, include:

RT-AC5300      R6499

RT-AC88U        R5499

RT-AC3200      R4999

RT-AC87U        R4299

RT-AC68U        R3499

DSL-AC68U      R4299