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Ciena's 10G Encryption Solution Wins FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certification

November 21, 2012

Ciena's 10G Encryption Solution Wins FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certification

By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Ciena Corporation (CIEN) has recently announced that its 10G wire-speed encryption solution is now Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2-compliant, and it was validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSE).

According to the company, the 10G wire-speed encryption solution is the first integrated transport encryption solution that has completed the FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification process. It was awarded certificate #1773 by the NIST and CSE and is currently available on the 565 and 5100/5200 Advanced Services Platforms.

10G encryption can be utilized by U.S. and Canadian government agencies, enterprises globally, for fully encrypted 10G data service delivery at wire-speed rates. This solution also integrates with other Ciena platforms such as 4200 Advanced Services Platform, 6500 Packet-Optical Transport Platform, CoreDirector FS Multiservice Optical Switch and 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System.

In addition, this works fine with Ciena’s existing FIPS-certified Optical Metro 5130 platform, which offers a 1G encryption and data compression solution.

“U.S. and Canadian government agencies, along with many enterprises worldwide, rely on FIPS validation as an independent endorsement of the security strength of the products they need,” said David Peed, vice president and general manager, Ciena Government Solutions, Inc., said in a statement. “While many providers of encryption solutions only offer standalone services, we are offering a protocol agnostic solution integrated with ultra-low latency transport.Government departments and enterprises where network security is of optimum importance, such as healthcare and finance, will be able to take advantage of the only all-in-one solution that has withstood the toughest security standards for a simplified deployment and management of its encryption solution.”

Ciena utilizes its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its approach for building open next-generation networks.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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