Intelligent Routers Protect Users Against Internet Attacks

Prague, 12 September 2013 – Many home networks today include not only computers, but also network printers or data repositories. With the expansion of wireless networks, an increasing number of mobile devices are being connected as well. In this situation, it is becoming difficult to protect each device against cybernetic attacks. An efficient solution may be the protection of home networks at the border with the Internet, i.e. in the home router. And precisely that is the objective of a new research project of the CZ.NIC Association, Turris, the website of which has been launched today. Until now, the Association presented this project under its working name, “CZ.NIC router”.

“Each Turris router not only provides all standard routing functions, but can also analyse traffic between the Internet and the home network and identify any suspicious data streams. When such streams are encountered, a notification is sent to the Turris headquarters, where data from all connected routers is compared to evaluate the risk level of the detected traffic. In the event of an attack, headquarters will create and distribute updates to the entire network, protecting all users of Turris devices,” says Executive Director of the CZ.NIC Association Ondřej Filip. “The name of the Turris project is derived from the Latin word for tower. Towers were often used for the timely detection of attacks, which is a very good description of the main idea and principle of our service.”

This year, CZ.NIC expects to manufacture and deploy thousands of Turris routers. They will be used as testing devices, available to anyone interested as a long-term lease for a symbolic price of one Czech crown. All that is required is to fill out a pre-registration form at www.turris.cz.

“The website provides general information as well as the latest news about Turris. In the near future, these will primarily be updates from the development of the hardware part of the project. An important part of the website is also the pre-registration form with which users can reserve a testing device in advance,” adds Bedřich Košata, the head of the project at the CZ.NIC Laboratories.

The condition for participation in the Turris project is to use the router for a defined time period as the main point of connection of a network to the Internet and to not interfere with the data collecting operation. News about Turris can be also followed on the project’s Twitter account at http://twitter.com/turris_cz.

The Turris router has so far been presented by CZ.NIC as part of the Distributed Cybernetic Security project under its working name “CZ.NIC router”. For example, the public could learn about this project in Bedřich Košata’s presentation at this year’s Internet a Technologie 13 conference or on the blogu CZ.NIC.