Ciena and SafeNet to jointly sell Ethernet link encryption services for government networks

Telecom Lead America: Ciena and SafeNet, a provider of
data protection solutions, announced their alliance to sell Ethernet link
encryption services for commercial and government networks.

Ciena said Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet and Packet-Optical
platforms, and SafeNet’s Ethernet Encryptor solutions, have been tested for
interoperability and provide assured, optimized and secure Layer 2 encryption
services at speeds of up to 10 Gb/s.

These solutions enable commercial and government networks
to reduce the cost and complexity of protecting critical business information
and intellectual property.

With network attacks and security risks increasing,
commercial and government organizations need to re-evaluate how best to protect
their networks and the information they carry. By partnering with SafeNet to
deliver Ethernet link encryption, we are providing our customers with a
standards-based solution that reduces the cost and complexity of protecting
mission-critical data and helps keep networks secure,” Dave Peed, vice
president and general manager of Ciena Government Solutions.

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 44
percent of publicly disclosed data breaches in the U.S. during 2011 affected
the Government and Armed Services sector.

Ciena claims that the combined Ciena and SafeNet
solutions serve to secure commercial and government networks by mitigating the
threat of security breaches and data theft.

Powered by encryption technology that is designed to work
at Layer 2, the solutions offer assured service delivery with the economics,
determinism and low-latency of a switched Ethernet infrastructure.

Encryption, which has long been the preferred method for
securing the most critical data assets, is in ever-increasing demand as a
result of today’s compliance regulations, data breach notification
requirements, and increased dependence on cloud computing. The combination of
SafeNet’s encryption with Ciena’s Packet-Optical technology can help
organizations process this increased volume of cryptographic data with the
highest degree of security and the lowest latency possible,” Jim Summers,
corporate vice president and general manager of SafeNet Government Solutions.

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