Racal has incorporated standard SNMP network management with its Datacryptor 64F encryption device.
The product provides a low cost encryption solution for public or private frame relay networks running at speeds up to 128Kbps. With the new SNMP release, any network management tool supporting the SNMP standard can access management information on the Datacryptor unit. The device supports end-to-end encryption using the Data Encryption Standard algorithm to protect information from source to destination.
Racal claims security across frame relay will be increasingly important as the technology becomes more popular with large companies, making it more vulnerable to hostile network attacks. The corporate uptake of frame relay, as companies migrate from leased lines to public frame relay networks, is driven by improvement in terms of response time and cost effectiveness.
The Datacryptor 64F meets US Fips and Ansi security standards and supports up to 992 permanent virtual circuits, so that networks can expand without equipment changes. Apart from SNMP management, the devices also support their own Key Management Centre software, which provides a three-key hierarchy of user access.
The 64F is already approved for use in north America and Europe, and is shipping from this Thursday. It is in the approval process in Japan and five other Asia Pacific countries.
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