GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – Sept. 08, 2016 — / — iomart has today announced that it is working with the technology transfer company Crossword on a Machine Learning based approach to cyber defence. The two companies are co-operating on preventing Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on iomart’s customers based on Crossword Cybersecurity’s Nixer technology.

The partnership is part of a move to provide an enhanced package of cyber defence measures for our customers. It will help us combat the growth in complex, ever-changing application-layer DDoS attacks that are designed to mimic normal human behaviour, making them hard to block without cutting off real users.

Bill Strain, Chief Technology Officer for iomart said, “Application-layer DDoS attacks vary so much that a defence based on looking at the signatures of previous attacks just doesn’t work.  We have DDoS protection at network level but have been looking for a machine learning based defensive technology that evolves with the attacks down to the application layer, and we really like the approach that Crossword Cybersecurity have taken with Nixer.”

Tom Ilube, CEO of Crossword continued, “iomart is the perfect partner for us because they provide hosting and cloud services to customers at every level from SME up to some very big Corporates.  We will be able to bring the AI capabilities of Nixer to bear on creating and evolving an adaptive additional layer of defence for their customers, giving them the option of even better application security.”

About Crossword Cybersecurity
Crossword Cybersecurity (CCS) is a technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector. CCS works with research intensive European university partners to identify promising cyber security intellectual property (IP) from research that its industry partners tell them meet emerging real-world challenges.

Crossword Cybersecurity’s specialist cyber security software engineering team work with its university partners to develop the research concept into a fully fledged commercial product that CCS then take to market.

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About iomart
iomart Group PLC (AIM: IOM) delivers cloud consultancy, facilitation and digital transformation to ISVs, enterprises and the public sector. The award-winning and ISO accredited hosting company offers expertise in a full range of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions – including managed AWS and Microsoft Azure. A G-Cloud supplier iomart provides managed and cloud services to the public and private sector via a network of secure UK data centres connected by a high capacity private fibre network.

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