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Iranian Measures Will Counter Cyber Threats

Due to the rising trend of Iran’s Internet usage, officials have kept a close watch on cyber-security in the country.Due to the rising trend of Iran’s Internet usage, officials have kept a close watch on cyber-security in the country.

Iran’s Telecommunications Infrastructure Company is to implement effective measures to counter any cyber threat.

A limitless cyberspace, zero boundaries and erosion of national borders trigger cyber threats, Mehr News Agency reported.

Due to the rising trend of Iran’s Internet usage and the dramatic rise in the number of both mobile and ADSL web users, officials have kept a close watch on cyber-security in the country.

TIC has devised counter phishing and anti-DDoS services that will be available soon after the official launch of Iran’s National Information Network.

DDoS is short for Distributed Denial of Service. It is a type of Denial of Service attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan virus, are used to target a single system causing a DoS attack.

In computing, a DoS attack blocks a machine or network resource for its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

According to Esmaeil Radkani, deputy director of ICT, the schemes have been devised to protect both service providers and citizens from cyber attacks.

Since President Hassan Rouhani took office, his administration has implemented measures to boost Iran’s information technology sector and provide a secure environment in which e-commerce can thrive.

On the occasion of Government Week (Aug. 23-29), Iran’s National Information Network will be launched by Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Earlier official announcements promised to facilitate Iranian users’ access to indigenously produced content, reduce the cost of services and increase their quality.

But this must all accompany a network secure against internal or external attacks. The announced schemes seem to promise a bright prospect for the sector.

According to a survey carried out by the ministry, it is estimated that 83% of Iranians will be satisfied with the services lined up by NIN.

Alongside endeavors to boost the IT sector, private players have been active as well. Mobile Telecommunications Company of Iran (Hamrah-e-Aval or MCI) will start providing content delivery network services this week.

CDN is a system of distributed servers that deliver web pages and other content to a user, based on their locations, the origin of the webpage and a content delivery server.

The goal of the service is to deliver content to end-users with high availability and performance.

Benefits of the scheme include reducing bandwidth costs, improving page load times and increasing availability of content.

Besides better performance, this service will also offload the traffic served directly from the content provider’s origin infrastructure, resulting in cost savings for the content provider.

In addition, this service will provide the content provider a degree of protection from DoS attacks by using their large distributed server infrastructure to absorb the attacks.