Senetas Fibre Channel Encryptors Gain FIPS Certification - Expected to boost sales to US Government agencies

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Australia's Senetas Corporation gains US FIPS certification for its CN1000 Fibre Channel encryptor, which secures data with low latency full line-rate transmission both inside and outside data centres - an application particularly suited to government agencies that need to not only authenticate data, but to also prevent data insertion or extraction by encrypting it.

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CN1000 Fibre Channel encryptor addresses the requirements of governments that need to securely communicate within data centres, such as defence or intelligence agencies...has application beyond the data centre to protect communications over dark fibre.

Senetas Corporation, Australia’s world-leading data protection company, today announced that Senetas CN1000 Fibre Channel encryptors, have gained FIPS certification.
The certification means the Senetas has the only US federal government endorsed purpose-built solution for native encryption of Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) traffic both outside and inside the data centre.

Following an extensive evaluation process, Senetas Fibre Channel encryptors were this month awarded the FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification for their low latency full duplex line-rate encryption of data traveling within SANs or across multiple storage sites at 1, 2, or 4 Gbps. Senetas Fibre Channel encryptors are already certified to the other major global standard - Common Criteria EAL4+. The Senetas FIPS certification (Certificate #1679) can be found here.

Senetas CEO, John DuBois said Fibre Channel was being actively marketed to US Government agencies by Senetas partner, Scout Industries LLC, which has an established government customer base.

He said the Senetas CN1000 Fibre Channel encryptor addressed the requirements of governments that need to securely communicate within data centres, such as defence or intelligence agencies; it also has application beyond the data centre to protect communications over dark fibre or wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) between multiple data storage facilities. While such communications might be authenticated, they must be encrypted in order to protect the integrity of the data in motion.

Mr DuBois said the encryption platform was “bump in the wire” technology, designed for ease of installation, but it also employed “cutting edge architecture to ensure secure data is transmitted with minimum latency and without packet expansion”.

Senetas CN1000 Fibre Channel encryptors use the global standard 256-bit AES encryption algorithms; they provide standards based certificates; and employ hands-off automated key management and standard- based X.509 certificate authentication.

Mr DuBois said Senetas Fibre Channel solutions were already in use in Western government agencies including revenue, border control, corporate regulation and among commercial clients in the European financial services sector.

About Senetas Corporation
Senetas Corporation Limited (ASX Code: SEN) is an Australian ASX-listed public company and is the world’s leading developer and supplier of high speed network encryption hardware products. Its products are accredited to international government security standards (FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria EAL4+). Accreditation of a product to these levels ensures trust in the design, operation and reliability of the tested solution as measured against international criteria and tested by licensed laboratories. Senetas products are now sold by channel partners in 40 countries. Customers include government, military, law enforcement and regulatory agencies, as well as leading financial institutions in Australia, USA, Middle East, Asia, and Europe.


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