Is Your Network as Secure as Fort Knox?

Is Your Network as Secure as Fort Knox?

Optical LAN provides Military-grade security

More and more companies are realizing the many benefits of equipping their Local Area Network (LAN) with Passive Optical Networks (PON) technology.

With single mode fiber, distance limitations are reduced, making it no longer necessary for large corporations to have multiple devices staggered across plants/campuses along with electrical to run those devices. Additionally, optical LAN eliminates the need for engineers to have to “open PORTs” across multiple devices just to add a device or a user at a far end of a LAN. With PON, the customer can control what goes across that fiber all the way to the end user.

After all, if it’s good enough for the Department of Homeland Security, it must be a great option for business. These solutions offer low cost, high speed and enhanced protection through secure optical fiber connections. They also offer the capability to deliver data, voice and video at gigabit speeds.

Within the list of benefits of an optical LAN and PON solution, are the enhanced security features it offers. With inherent intrusion protection via optical fiber, it interlocks with alarm fiber. This can provide opportunity network managers to plan and identify multiple alarm features through a single conduit.

PON uses both SIPR and NIPR technology.

NIPR:  Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router, which is a private IP network that is used to exchange non-secure information among a private network of users.

SIPR: Secret Internet Protocol Router, is a system of interconnected networks used to transmit information by packet switching with IP protocols within a secure environment.

More organizations are now deploying this type of infrastructure because it’s simply a convenient and secure way to manage connectivity without multiple networks or massive amounts of equipment.  PON consolidates the communication modalities into an architecture that is cost-effective, easy to install, fast and highly secure. Additionally, secure facility managers see PON as a convenient solution as cables can be installed in ceilings and floors instead of the exterior walls, providing enhanced security for the network.

Government agencies currently using PON infrastructure include The Air Force, Marines, Army, Homeland Security and The Department of Energy.  These organizations trust the architecture because it utilizes technology that monitors the spare fibers in cables to detect unauthorized infrastructure tampering. A single port offers secure pathways for dozens of endpoints, offering flexible network architecture. While no network can be completely protected from intrusion, optical fibers are difficult to tap and are also resistant from radio frequency interference.

The set up also offers smart filtering that accepts and understands normal daily activity to eliminate the possibility of false alarms, saving time and money. It’s also an ideal secure complement to wireless connectivity. PON provides gigabit speeds into controlled access points that are feeding the wireless controllers. You can also utilize the PON services for integration of voice and data over the same secure cables without an interruption of quality.

Contact us today to see how the professionals at Millennia Technologies can secure your network with the capabilities of PON technology.

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