Why CISOs Should Care About Fiber

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A Holistic Security Strategy Protects All Data, Including Data In-Flight

For organizations sending mission-critical, highly sensitive information — from small and midsize businesses to large, multinational enterprises — in-flight data encryption strategies are growing in popularity. Protecting in-flight data does not need to be cumbersome, limiting or expensive. While higher-layer solutions are available, optical-layer encryption offers an additional level of protection that provides distinct advantages like ultra low latency, always-on encryption and data transmission at wire speeds with support for any protocol. Often, it is the missing element in a layered security strategy. Enterprises should look for options from service providers that will allow them to strike the right balance between server security, at-rest data encryption and in-flight data encryption.

With today's security threats coming from different angles, CISOs must leverage new, robust encryption technologies to ensure security for data not only at-rest but also in-flight as it travels over network fibers across metro, regional, long-haul and submarine distances. Encryption at the optical layer during transport provides a strong and effective safeguard, offering an additional level of protection to enable rigorous end-to-end network security.

There have been 16 known attacks on fiber optic cables in the last year, where attackers crept through manholes to sever the cables that supply communications services to the San Francisco area. In fact, the New York Times referred to this as the "cyber threat under the street." Awareness of the threats to "invisible" cables that carry our Internet communications has gone so mainstream that even Stephen Colbert has talked about fiber cuts!

While most of the emphasis on protecting networks today is focused on protecting data within the enterprise or data center, the physical infrastructures of both public and private Internet networks are vulnerable to calculated attacks. An attacker could access in-ground fiber cables and siphon off entire data streams without it being detected for days, weeks or even months. What do security professionals need to know about these attacks and the weaknesses in their physical infrastructure? Ciena has helped enterprise and government customers worldwide deploy optical-level encryption to protect against these threats. Paulina Gomez, specialist, Product and Technology Marketing, Ciena, explains what security professionals need to know about the physical risks to networks, and how they can protect all data in-transit 24/7.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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