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Ciena's 10G Encryption Solution is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Compliant

November 20, 2012

Ciena's 10G Encryption Solution is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Compliant

By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor

Network specialist Ciena Corp (News - Alert). reported on Monday that its 10G wire-speed encryption solution is now Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 compliant and has been validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSE).

Ciena said that with FIPS approval, the company’s integrated transport offering with 10G encryption can be deployed by U.S. and Canadian government agencies, as well as enterprises globally for fully encrypted 10G data service delivery at wire-speed rates. According to Ciena, this is the first commercially available integrated transport encryption platform to achieve FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification.

FIPS 140-2 is an officially recognized North American standard that validates proper use of standard, peer-reviewed methods of encryption. All government agencies and departments in the U.S. and Canada that use commercial grade encryption are required to use FIPS-certified solutions in their networks. Additionally, enterprise organizations in healthcare, financial services and other security conscious industries worldwide often seek network solutions with FIPS certification.

Likewise, Ciena's 10G wire-speed encryption solution, available on the 565 and 5100/5200 Advanced Services Platforms, is the first integrated transport encryption solution to successfully complete the FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification process. It was awarded certificate #1773 by the NIST and CSE.

With this achievement, Ciena now offers a FIPS certified ultra-low latency solution integrated with the company's transport platforms to address the security and encryption requirements of its government and enterprise customers.

Additionally, the newly certified 10G encryption solution is interoperable with other Ciena platforms, namely the company's 4200 Advanced Services Platform, 6500 Packet-Optical Transport Platform, CoreDirector FS Multiservice Optical Switch and 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System. This solution also complements Ciena's existing FIPS-certified Optical Metro 5130 platform, which offers a 1G encryption and data compression solution.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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