ViaSat takes Ethernet encryption to 100 Gbps

ViaSat Inc. has introduced the KG-142, a 100-Gbps Type 1 Ethernet encryptor. ViaSat expects the KG-142 to enable government users to meet bandwidth and security needs for cloud computing and real-time data transport across the battlespace.

ViaSat Inc. has introduced the KG-142, a 100-Gbps Type 1 Ethernet encryptor. ViaSat expects the KG-142 to enable government users to meet bandwidth and security needs for cloud computing and real-time data transport across the battlespace.

The platform delivers the encryption power of 10 separate 10-Gbps encryptors in a single rack unit to increase scalability and minimize network overhead for Layer 2 Ethernet communications up to TS/SCI (top secret/sensitive compartmented information).

The new encryptor follows the unveiling of the NSA-certified KG-250XS, which ViaSat asserts is the lowest size, weight, and power network encryptor with compatibility with ViaSat's family of Type 1 HAIPE devices.

According to Paul Pittelli, NSA deputy director for trusted engineering solutions, the new KG-142 encryptor will enable government users to safely transport more data than ever before. "Having a single box capable of 100 Gbps speeds will greatly reduce the power and space requirements for high-speed Ethernet encryption at Layer 2," says Pittelli.

The high-speed, low-latency KG-142 conforms to the NSA's new Ethernet Security Specifications (ESS) standard, ensures interoperability across government networks, delivers high security standards protection, and has been tested for high reliability, ViaSat says. A field-proven software-upgradeable design ensures the network's security framework can evolve to meet future cybersecurity standards and interoperability requirements without hardware changes.

ViaSat expects NSA certification for the KG-142 by October 2016.

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