CESNET got involved in the Secure VLAN project

Prague, February 7, 2014. The CESNET Association is one of the founding members of the Secure VLAN project which has been introduced this week. The project objective is to increase the resilience of networks operating in the Czech Republic and thus to ensure the users access to services even in case of a problem.

The Secure VLAN project started at the NIX.CZ Association, the Czech interconnection node, as a reaction of the DoS attacks from March 2013 that were aimed at web services provided in the Czech Republic.

The CESNET Association together with other founding members (ACTIVE 24, CZ.NIC, Dial Telecom, Seznam.cz and Telefónica Czech Republic) by joining the project confirms that increasing network traffic security in the Czech Republic and protection of users of not only CESNET2 network is one of its priorities.

“For a significant number of organizations associated in NIX.CZ the Czech users are obviously the key ones as they may due to the attacks lose a possibility of connection to important internet services. In case of such an attack, the project member may prioritize the connections through the Secure VLAN and offer the services availability thanks to other subjects gathered in the Secure VLAN. This is the main principle of the whole project,” states Martin Semrád, the NIX.CZ Association director.

The participation in the Secure VLAN project is linked to many conditions embedded in its rules. For example, the participant has to be connected to NIX.CZ node for some time, to be sufficiently trustworthy, to apply defined security mechanisms within its network, to have a functional officially constituted team CERT/CSIRT, and has to undertake an active collaboration in case of a problem. The Secure VLAN is managed by its members who are independent of NIX.CZ and have full autonomy in their decision process.

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. Within its activities the Association also develops the open photonic system CzechLight. With its research activities and accomplishments, CESNET represents the Czech Republic in important international projects, most notably the pan-European GÉANT network development and grid projects (EGI.eu), and participates actively in their implementation. The CESNET Association emphasizes the area of security incidents, their prevention, detection and resolution.

Press release, February 7, 2014

Last change: 10.2.2014