PacketLight PL-2000AD combines OTN transport, Physical Layer security

Oct. 27, 2016
PacketLight Networks has unveiled the PL-2000AD, a 1RU Optical Transport Network (OTN) transmission system that offers point-to-point Layer 1 encryption for metro and long-haul fiber-optic networks. The Physical Layer security addresses a scenario in which the company asserts that "lesser known but dangerous breaches are increasing exponentially" thanks to advances in hacking technology.

PacketLight Networks has unveiled the PL-2000AD, a 1RU Optical Transport Network (OTN) transmission system that offers point-to-point Layer 1 encryption for metro and long-haul fiber-optic networks. The Physical Layer security addresses a scenario in which the company asserts that "lesser known but dangerous breaches are increasing exponentially" thanks to advances in hacking technology.

The use of Layer 1 encryption enables the PL-2000AD to provide secure connections with any Layer 2/3 switches or to existing DWDM infrastructure, the company adds.

The system performs GCM-AES-256 Layer 1 encryption for up to 20 multi-rate Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or SONET/SDH services. The encrypted service provides full end-to-end transparency of service data and clock with a minimal latency, PacketLight says. The encryption technique leverages periodical key exchange using the Elliptic Curve Cryptography Cofactor Diffie-Hellman (ECC CDH) algorithm.

The encryption approach is fully compliant with NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and with CNSA Top Secret Suite requirements (formerly NSA Suite B).

"The challenge of protecting the network from hackers is hitting enterprises and service providers hard and fast, while increasingly stringent regulations enforced by government and security managers are making encryption mandatory across organizations and countries," explained Koby Reshef, PacketLight's CEO. "Our customers are now able to comply with these regulations and deliver new types of encryption service without changes to existing infrastructure - making it quicker, less costly, and faster to implement. PL-2000AD offers the most advanced Layer 1 security with minimal integration effort."

The PL-2000AD will support Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, and OTN transmission. The platform also enables encryption of such client protocols such as 10G/40G/100G LAN, STM-64/OC-192, OTU2/4, and 8G/10G/16G/32G FC. It also supports encryption in data-per-service or per muxponder uplink.

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