Partnership will fight cyber-crime

A partnership has been established which could make it easier for Yorkshire firms to fight off cyber criminals.

Onyx Group, which has a base in Manvers, near Rotherham, has joined forces with Sentrix in the fight against Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS).

A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to make a server or a network resource unavailable, usually by suspending the services of a host connected to the internet.

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According to Onyx, the attacks are the most costly and disruptive forms of cybercrime, and account for roughly 55 per cent of all annual cybercrime costs.

Sentrix has designed a cloud-based security system that protects websites against attacks, and prevents hackers from compromising sensitive data.

The partnership between Onyx Group and Sentrix will bring the Cloud-DMZ technology to the UK market. The Onyx Group’s Rotherham facility offers businesses access to a 250-seat workplace recovery centre, alongside a data centre.

Ofer Wolf, the chief executive of Sentrix, said that Sentrix’s technology eliminates more than 99 per cent of a website’s potential “attack surface” which means hackers have almost no way of passing through to the original site. Onyx has 170 staff, spread across 11 sites across the UK.