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June 10, 2014

SafeNet Unveils New High-Speed Encryption Solutions for Enterprises

One of the more important changes in perspective -- as well as behavior -- falling out of the Edward Snowden NSA scandal leaks over the past year, and the seemingly daily stories of data being compromised by those with malicious intent, is the importance of encryption. 

Once a nicety, encryption has become viewed as a necessity.  And, as a result of not just the stream of the frequency but the severity of attacks on organizations of all sizes around the world, the need for encryption everywhere has become paramount. This means both data at rest in the data center or on a device, but particularly data on the move where it literally and figuratively is a “moving target.”  It also means protecting any and all data that is on the move, including valuable metadata, from becoming vulnerable to cyber attack.

In order to help enterprises protect more sensitive data as it moves between data centers and across their networks, data protection solutions provider SafeNet, Inc., has introduced a new range of high-speed encryption (HSE) products that enable companies and other organizations to deploy best-in-class high-speed encryption more cost-effectively for data in motion. SafeNet (News - Alert) says that their new solutions can help reduce high-speed encryption costs by as much as 50 percent and are the first commercial Layer 2 Ethernet encryptors of their kind to offer transmission security (TRANSEC), mitigating the risk of communications interception and traffic analysis.

The new CN4010 and CN6010 Series encryptors, together with the existing CN6100 and CN6040 Series encryptors from SafeNet, combine certified best-in-class security, no data overhead, near-zero latency and the performance for the most time-sensitive and secure communications required by global financial networks and the world’s largest Internet companies at speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps.

“There is a perception that high-speed encryption can be expensive, as small and large businesses look to protect not just data center traffic but other aspects of their network traffic,” said Prakash Panjwani, senior vice president and general manager, Data Protection Solutions, SafeNet. “Our new high-speed encryption offerings erase that misconception by giving customers a single platform to ‘encrypt everywhere’— from traffic between data centers and the headquarters to backup and disaster recovery sites, whether on premises or in the cloud. With our comprehensive network traffic encryption solutions, customers can better protect their data from eavesdropping, surveillance, and overt and covert interception at an affordable cost, without compromising security or performance.”

As SafeNet details, their SafeNet HSE products can be used to support a wide range of network encryption applications, including:

  • Point-to-Point or Multi-point Connections: Companies can meet growing bandwidth requirements while mitigating commercial infrastructure wiretapping risks.
  • Data Center Interconnect/Disaster Recovery Sites: Operations with multiple data centers or organizations that need real-time disaster recovery enjoy transparent network redundancy and high-availability.
  • Secure Office Connectivity: Centralized management enables simple, secure management of multiple sites, and also includes automated VLAN or bypass options.
  • Multi-tenanted infrastructure: Centralized management enables localized administration, with granular policy control, VLAN separation, and multiple certificate support.
  • Securing Cloud WANS: As more and more sensitive data moves to the cloud, the network needs to ensure high-speed/low latency communications while ensuring security.

Benefits cited include:  Low overhead costs; minimal rack space and low power consumption; assured security based on their design to be FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria certified; easy management with near-zero latency and zero impact on network bandwidth; and they are field upgradable and have been designed to meet Metro Ethernet Forum (News - Alert) (MEF) use cases, and scale to meet growing bandwidth demands.

It is also noteworthy that SafeNet is an exclusive international master distribution partner for Senetas Corporation in developing, delivering and supporting high-speed network data encryption solutions.

Pardon the pun, but the key here is not only the assured security being provided across crucial vectors of vulnerability, which as we have seen are unfortunately very inviting areas for those with malicious intent. It is also that a cost-effective and high-performance encryption solution can be deployed and managed without disruption to network performance and the user experience. This is sure to be an attraction to IT security professionals that need to be concerned about risk management of data on the move and the risks of angry users.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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