Level 3 launches encrypted waves for DC/cloud connectivity

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Level 3 has unveiled encrypted waves to provide secure, scalable data center and cloud connectivity for global enterprises.

The encrypted waves solution addresses the issue of maintaining security of critical and sensitive data transmitting between data centers and the cloud. Even secure fiber optic networks can be at risk of unlawful interception and fiber tapping, or diversion of a transmission for unlawful surveillance. While cloud-based encryption solutions can address this vulnerability, they often do so at the cost of network performance.

Leven 3 says its encrypted waves solution helps global businesses address increasing security threats without sacrificing network performance.

Enterprises will have a single network view to simplify the operations of their security infrastructure, including encryption key management. Customers maintain complete access and control over their encryption keys via the MyLevel3 portal and a Level 3-provided key management system. Enterprises can manage bandwidth demand by leveraging encrypted waves in bandwidths ranging from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps.

The solution utilizes Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption, in addition to dynamic key exchange and hitless key rotation for additional layers of security.

Level 3 adds that its encrypted waves solution is protocol-agnostic, which means enterprises don’t have to invest in additional encryption equipment to leverage encrypted waves between key customer locations or as a secure connection to CSPs.

“Organizations are moving ever higher amounts of data over their networks and to data centers in remote locations, where fiber may be physically compromised,” said Brian Washburn, Director of Global Business Network and IT Services for Current Analysis. “Encrypted wavelengths are designed to protect the most demanding, latency sensitive fiber transport services. This new option can provide wavelength services that are both fully managed and secured end-to-end, all presented to the enterprise and controlled through Level 3’s customer portal.”

Paul Savill, SVP of core products for Level 3
, says that the encrypted waves solution differs from other optical encryption solutions in that it provides greater direct customer control with built-in encryption key management through Level 3’s portal.

Encrypted waves are available across Level 3’s expansive footprint in Europe and North America.

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