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Quantum-safe optical networking

Protect data from intrusion and theft though quantum-safe encryption, key management and intrusion detection

Modern enterprises, government agencies, and service providers rely on business-critical data. With the increasing value of confidential data transmitted across networks, confidential data has become ever more attractive to thieves and intruders. Consequently, the number of attacks and breaches continues to rise. At the same time, emerging practical quantum computers poses an immediate threat to data integrity. In response, network operators must secure their networks to protect in-flight data.

The Nokia quantum-safe optical networking solution protects data from theft through a set of technologies that address security threats cost effectively and in a manageable way. The solution implements physical layer quantum-safe encryption through a unique, symmetric key management architecture. This provides network operators with a first line of defense, ensuring that all transmitted data is encrypted and rendered useless if it falls into the wrong hands.

At the heart of the solution is the Nokia 1830 Security Management Server (SMS), a central key generation server that supports encryption engines in various network elements. This includes select interfaces on the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS and PSS-x) and Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect (PSI) platforms. Together, the solution offers high-capacity, encrypted optical connectivity and intrusion detection. This improves the confidentiality and integrity of data, as well as the availability of business-critical applications.

To protect against attack from a quantum computer, the Nokia 1830 SMS comprises a powerful processor and security enhanced operating system to generate high-quality keys from physical spawned entropy. These keys are pre-shared to encryption engines across the network in a centralized, symmetric architecture. Nokia’s solution is unique in the industry and the presently available, quantum-safe solution on the market. 

Combined with optical intrusion detection tools, including the Nokia Wavelength Tracker and Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) capability, network operators can localize issues and detect intrusions through variations in power levels. This improves network security while retaining the flexibility to support a wide range of applications and services, including:

  • Data center interconnect
  • LAN interconnect
  • High-performance computing
  • Wavelength services
  • Carrier Ethernet services

How can your business benefit from the Secure Optical Transport solution?

Establishes effective Layer 1 encryption as part of an overall defense-in-depth strategy to protect business-critical data

  • Provides first line of defense, complementing other network layers
  • Encrypts the whole data flow with low latency and high-bandwidth efficiency
  • Enables high-bandwidth, wire-speed encryption at the lowest cost/encrypted bit
  • Delivers better scale and service transparency supporting a wide range of applications and services

Lowers the cost of ongoing security management using centralized, unified key management

  • Hosted on certified hardware appliance meeting stringent requirements
  • Single point of trust and single point key revocation
  • Unified policies for key management.
  • Built with security-recognized expert partnership

Fully independently certified solution that ensures compliance with strict security standards

  • Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance
  • Federal Information Processing Standards 
  • ANSSI Qualification Standard
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology

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