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Colt Takes Layer-2 Encryption From InfoGuard

InfoGuard : 11 October, 2010  (Application Story)
Managed service for high speed European networks to benefit from layer-2 encryption meeting e-Privacy directives in the region as a result of partnership between Colt and InfoGuard
InfoGuard has announced a formal partnership with Colt who will use InfoGuard layer-2-encryption as part of a new managed service across its entire European Ethernet and high speed networks. Colt will offer InfoGuard Encryption as an integrated part of their HSS (High Speed Service) service although each client will retain control over encryption keys to ensure the highest level of security.

The partnership between Colt and InfoGuard is the first by a major international communication provider to deliver integrated layer-2-encryption across a complete portfolio and marks a significant new market trend.

Thomas Meier, CEO of InfoGuard, says, "By integrating encryption technology as a carrier level managed service, we reduce the risk and complexity associated with the installation and management of more devices on the client network - especially at branch offices with minimal IT support staff. We expect to see more interest from carriers as they tighten security of data in transit to reflect the new e-Privacy Directive 2009/136/EC which makes it mandatory for public communications providers to inform national regulatory authorities of any data security breach."

"The value of data travelling across carrier networks is truly staggering, with transactions worth billions moving across the planet each second," comments Meier. "In the wrong hands, this information can be used fraudulently or to gain competitive advantage. Carriers have many safeguards around datacenters and peering points but even with the best security, the threat of an unscrupulous employee or exploitable weaknesses in a fibre optic links still exists."

"The reality is that encryption of data in transit is quickly becoming mandated at a national level, especially for financial and governmental institutions, and we believe a lot more carriers will follow Colt's lead and offer seamless encryption as part of their service offerings," Meier adds.

Hans Jörg Denzler, Managing Director for Colt Switzerland adds, "As the value of mission-critical data passing over the WAN increases, our clients are demanding encryption as part of our service. Our partnership with InfoGuard allows us to offer industry leading layer-2-encryption without requiring our customers to deploy any additional hardware or incur the initial capital expenditure." Denzler continues, "By encrypting at the transport layer, we are now able to offer this added level of security across our entire range of services. This is a unique differentiator for our portfolio and further strengthens Colt's position as Europe's leading information delivery platform."

InfoGuard encryption devices are fully transparent within the network and offer 100% encryption at line speed throughput with minimal latency making the devices suitable for time-critical applications and in heavily utilized links. All InfoGuard products are developed strictly in accordance with the FIPS 140-2 level 3 requirements in an ISO 9001:2000 environment in Switzerland.

InfoGuard has worked closely with Colt on several major projects for leading Swiss Financial institutions, which have included pan European and transatlantic links, to provide layer-2-encryption between international financial centres. The success of these projects led to the formalisation of an agreement between the two companies that will allow Colt clients to quickly utilise the best possible encryption technology in a range of flexible configurations.

Eric Domage, business analyst and IDC's EMEA expert on Security Solutions & Services, commented on the importance and relevance of the partnership: "Even if the use of encryption seems rather easy for end-users, it is a complex task. Ciphering/de-ciphering requires complex and advanced expertise. Above all, decryption and key management are the most sensible steps. These can only be managed by expert companies that have strong experience with encryption. Segregation of duty in this space is very important. It is therefore natural to see a partnership between a communications provider and an encryption expert. Each of these partners are experts in their domain, so clients get dual and separated expertise in a single bill,' he said.
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