Emerson Network Power’s New Avocent SwitchView SC 680/780 Delivers Industry’s First Eight-Port NIAP EAL2+ Certified KVM Switch Series

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New KVM Switch Series enhances desktop data security and conserves space for federal government applications

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"While doing integration work for the Combatant Commands within the Department of Defense, the new Avocent SwitchView Secure KVM allowed us to upgrade to a NIAP approved EAL 2+ system,” said Pat Morgan, President of FSPS, Inc.

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced the release of Avocent SwitchView 680 and 780, the industry’s first National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL)2+ certified eight-port KVM switch series.

The Avocent SwitchView SC 680 and 780 KVM switch series provides access to secure and non-secure networks with the ability to keep private data completely separate and secure at all times. The switch series is specifically designed to make unintended data transfer between connected computers virtually impossible – an important factor for maximum security installations.

“The release of Avocent SwitchView 680 and 780 continues our record of delivering significant technological advancements for the world’s most sensitive computing environments,” said Michael Helms, director of product management for Emerson Network Power's Avocent business. “With the release of the market’s first eight-port NIAP EAL2+ KVM switch, this switch series represents yet another first in Emerson Network Power’s long history of leading the secure KVM space since inventing the very first secure desktop switch ten years ago under the Cybex brand.”

Prior to the release of an EAL2+ compliant eight-port switch, some companies combined multiple switches (for example, hooking two four-port switches into each other for a maximum of seven ports) which was prone to human error. With the new Avocent SwitchView SC 680 and 780 KVM switch series, user error is sharply reduced while conserving space.

"While doing integration work for the Combatant Commands within the Department of Defense, the new Avocent SwitchView Secure KVM allowed us to upgrade to a NIAP approved EAL 2+ system while reducing the desk space used by the device by approximately 50 percent. The installation was smooth and the switch allowed us to provide seamless access to seven systems while remaining in complete compliance with the EAL2+ standard," remarked Pat Morgan, President of FSPS, Inc.

In 2006, customers began requesting USB connectivity but there was no explicit guidance from NIAP. In collaboration with many customers and partners, the company chose to restrict USB connections to keyboard, mouse, and on certain models, smart card or CAC readers. Other vendors chose an open USB approach.

When Wikileaks and other high profile security breaches occurred, it became evident that the ordinary USB connection could be a problem. NIAP then made the decision to revisit USB connections. In September 2010, a new protection profile was released restricting all USB devices except for keyboard and mouse.

The Avocent SwitchView 680 and 780 KVM switch series provides multiple levels of physical security and controlled USB connectivity. Users can consolidate up to eight workstations of varying security classification levels with a single keyboard, monitor and mouse without compromising network security. Some switches may allow users to override the protection profile. Rather than make an Information Assurance officials’ job more difficult, Emerson Network Power choose to follow the new profile.

For more information on Emerson Network Power’s Avocent secure KVM switches, visit http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and tools and storage businesses. Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion. For more information, visit http://www.Emerson.com.


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