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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "With the rapid development of network technologies, network systems are being constructed in a faster pace. With the widespread of the Internet, people conducting online daily activities is becoming a trend, for example, searching and browsing information, purchasing merchandises or making friends.
"Users usually connect to the Internet through an ISP (Internet Service Provider). ISPs are companies or institutions that provide access to Internet and Internet services. These companies invest money to build connection control room and rent large amount of bandwidths, then distribute the bandwidths to individual users with a certain charge. Users normally connect to the Internet by dial-up or dedicated lines through servers provided by the ISPs.
"However, there are a lot of malicious programs (or viruses) that may cause users' computers to malfunction, data lost or theft. Currently, users may purchase firewall software/hardware or install security devices in their local area network to stop intrusion of viruses. However, there are so many kinds of malicious programs, Internet users need to have many kinds of information security devices. The installation or maintenance of these devices is a large burden and sometimes not effective enough. In addition, even if malicious packets can be blocked out at the client side, the bandwidths may be occupied by the large amount of malicious packets. Moreover, logs of information security events generated by these information security devices are too cumbersome and complicated for ordinary users to understand what the problems are.
"In summary, there is a need for a control system and protection method for integrated information security services that provides user-friendly information security protection with low cost."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In light of forgoing drawbacks, the present invention provides a control system and a protection method for integrated information security services, which provides integrated information of data security events and network status to allow users to quickly and readily keep track of various network status and data security information.
"The control system for integrated information security services according to the present invention comprises: a user end device; a routing device for providing connection routing paths for the user end device; a protecting device for performing a information security service on data packets from the routing device and generating an event log based on the result of the information security service; a collective monitoring platform for extracting and collecting the event log, and performing association analysis on the event log to detect abnormal information; and a service platform for extracting the abnormal information and network status information, wherein the service platform displays the abnormal information and the network status information on a webpage interface, and sends the abnormal information to the user end device.
"In a preferred aspect, the collective monitoring platform further includes: an event collecting device for collecting the event log and standardizing the event log; an event analyzing device for making the association analysis on the standardized event log, and providing functionalities for system functions setup, user setup, association analysis rules setup and interfacing with a maintenance platform; an event storage device for storing the event log and the result of the association analysis; and an event processing device for forming an event list based on the association analysis and classifying the events into levels.
"The protection method for integrated information security services includes the following steps: (1) allowing a protecting device to protect data packets of user end devices, generate an event log, and send the event log to a collective monitoring platform; (2) allowing a collective monitoring platform to standardize the event log, and perform association analysis on the event log; (3) allowing the collective monitoring platform to detect abnormal information and send the abnormal information to a service platform; and (4) allowing the service platform to display the abnormal information and network status information on a webpage interface, and sends the abnormal information and the network status information to the user end device.
"In a preferred aspect, the step (2) further includes the following steps: (2-1) allowing an event collecting device to collect and standardize the event log; and (2-2) allowing an event analyzing device to make the association analysis on the event log; (2-3) allowing an event storage device to store the event log and the result of the association analysis; and (2-4) allowing an event processing device to form an event list based on the association analysis and classify the events, and send informing message to a maintenance platform when a specific event occurs.
"Compared to the prior art, the control system and protection method for integrated information security services according to the present invention determines the routing paths for data packets by utilizing the profile of a specific user end device, and data packets can be directed into the protecting device for data protection processes. Network viruses and malicious attack can be successfully blocked at the ISP side, while increasing utilizing efficiency of outbound network bandwidth. The collective monitoring platform is able to standardize the event log and make association analysis to detect abnormal information, and send this abnormal information to the service platform, which displays the abnormal information and network status information on the webpage interface, and also send the abnormal information to the user end device. In this way, users may readily and conveniently receive warnings about abnormal data security events and take actions accordingly. Furthermore, with the integrated notification of information security provided by the ISP, users do not need to install large amount of data protecting devices. It can significantly reduce installation, maintenance and personnel cost of information security."
For additional information on this patent, see: Wu, I-Fang; Yao, Jen-Hao; Du, Bing-Hung; Yu, Feng-Peng; Lee, Wei. Control System and Protection Method for Integrated Information Security Services. U.S. Patent Number 8621612, filed
Keywords for this news article include: Viruses, Virology, Information Technology,
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