Army OKs network security tool
- By Kathleen Hickey
- Oct 31, 2008
The Army has added the Interceptor Optical Network Security
System to its Information Assurance Approved Product List. Army
units and installations worldwide will be able to use Interceptor
to protect command and control, intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance networks, and SCIF facilities.
The new fiber-optic protection technology from Network Integrity Systems monitors fibers
within the cable being protected to detect handling, and can be
used in support of the Army's initiative to deploy SIPRNet to
each Brigade Combat Team and to enable network-centric warfare
through the Army's Area Processing Centers.
Networks carrying sensitive or classified government information
rely on encryption, hardening or intrusion detection alarms to
protect the information from breaches. Unlike traditional intrusion
alarms, Interceptor doesn't rely on an extra optical fiber to
sense vibrations. Instead, the system monitors the lit or dark
fibers in a network's fiber cables to detect motion of the
The technology works with any optical cable type and is
compatible with all Ethernet standards including 10 Gigabit. Because
it is a physical layer device and does not touch the data, unlike
encryption, Interceptor does not create any bandwidth bottlenecks.
The Interceptor can work with existing networks and new
Interceptor also eliminates the costs associated with hardening
' the installation of concrete encasements in the outside
plant and rigid metallic carrier inside the building. Additionally,
periodic visual inspections, required daily for hardened carrier
systems, are eliminated, along with the potential for human error
Interceptor has been used across the Defense, Justice and
Homeland Security departments.
Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.