Thales Datacryptor® high-speed optical network encryptors achieve FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification

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Thales (Paris: HO), leader in information systems and communications security, announces that its Datacryptor high speed SONET/SDH and Ethernet Layer 2 hardwarebased network encryptors have received FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification.

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) is an internationally recognized security benchmark for cryptographic modules developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As security requirements are becoming increasingly stringent, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has specified that all cryptographic solutions must meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification. FIPS spans four distinct security levels. Level 3 notably adds requirements for physical tamperresistance of cryptographic modules.

"This certification represents our ongoing commitment for our Datacryptor product portfolio," said Franck Greverie, vice president for the Information Technology Security activities of Thales. "Compatible with most optical vendors' equipment, these solutions are ideal for critically important high speed applications in government and commercial sectors such as satellite communications, network transport and LAN extension."

The newly certified models in the highspeed optical network encryptor family are:

- 100 Mbps Ethernet Layer 2
- 1 Gbps Ethernet Layer 2
- 10 Gbps Ethernet Layer 2
- OC-3/12/48/192 SONET/SDH

Thales's SONET/SDH and Ethernet Layer 2 encryptors are widely deployed by many DoD agencies, including Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), large system integrators, including AT&T, and leading commercial banks. Compatible with the leading optical switch vendors for easy deployment and low maintenance operations, Thales encryptors are critically important for highspeed applications in government and commercial sectors such as satellite communications, network transport, and LAN extension.

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The Information Technology Security activities of Thales

Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of data encryption solutions to the financial services, high technology manufacturing, government, and technology sectors. With a 40year track record of protecting corporate and government information, Thales solutions are used by four of the five largest energy and aerospace companies, 22 NATO countries, and they secure more than 70 percent of worldwide payment transactions. Thales e-Security has offices in France, Hong Kong, Norway, United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit
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