Startup thwarts cyber attacks against airports, hospitals     

Prophaze, the startup incubated by the KSUM, combats and fends off hackers successfully

A Kerala-incubated startup has made a major leap in thwarting a concerted cyber attack against airports and hospitals.

Prophaze Technologies, incubated by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), has played a critical role in combating the recent cyber attack by the hacker group ‘Anonymous Sudan’ against major airports and hospitals in various parts of the country. KSUM is the Kerala government’s nodal agency for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.

Anonymous Sudan had targeted the websites of some of the airports and major hospitals, attempting to cause denial-of-service (DDoS) at these establishments starting from April 8. DDoS means disruption of the traffic of websites or network with an overwhelming amount of internet traffic.

Startup Prophaze provides real-time threat intelligence

Prophaze’s Web Application Firewall (WAF) security platform acted in real time to prevent the DDoS attacks. The cyberattack that involved a combination of Layer 3-4 and Layer 7 DDoS was mitigated using Prophaze WAF and DDoS Solution. Prophaze WAF, which provides real-time threat intelligence, leverages machine learning algorithms to identify and prevent threats.

Founded by Vaisakh T R and Lakshmi Das in 2019, Prophaze’s real-time attack detection and blocking mechanism helped analyse the attack and deploy effective measures to prevent disruption of services.

Vaisakh, also the CEO of the company, said security is all about updating the algorithms on a daily basis to ramp up defence strategies as cyber attacks are evolving quite often nowadays.

Game changer in the cyber security arena

Prophaze provides proactive and adaptive cyber security solutions that can effectively protect organizations and individuals from cyber threats. The latest checking of cyber attack by the hacker group has come as a defining moment for the company.

The attacks aimed at major airports and hospitals across the nation are reportedly seen as an effort in destabilising the operations at these institutions.

The fast response and skilful handling of the defence mechanism has added to the confidence of the Kerala Startup Mission-incubated startup, and it could prove to be a game changer in the cyber security arena in the country.

Sanjeev Ramachandran

A journalist with 23 years of experience, Sanjeev has worked with reputed media houses such as Business Standard, The Ne More »

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