Optical Encryption uses revolutionary technology to offer Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)-certified encryption of your in-flight data from end-point to end-point. Our easy-to-implement solution offers maximum protection and throughput and optimizes latency by encrypting all of your in-flight data at the optical level—regardless of where it’s generated.

Whether you have a 10Gbps or 100Gbps connection, you’ll maintain total control over your security parameters and keys. And since Optical Encryption can easily be added to our portfolio of infrastructure solutions, you won’t need to purchase, deploy or manage costly new equipment.

Download our Optical Encryption product sheet for more detailed information.

Key benefits.

  • Security: Maximum security with industry-leading technology that encrypts in-flight data from end-point to end-point at Layer 1.
  • Flexibility: A protocol agnostic solution, which allows you to avoid cumbersome configurations for multiple protocols. Optical Encryption ordered as a new service or as an upgrade to existing wavelengths, both without standalone encryption boxes—keeping both capital and operating expenses low.
  • Efficiency: Encryption management that runs out-of-band so no overhead is added. Full line rate performance at all frame sizes and protocols with minimal latency impact.
  • Control: Ability to upgrade at will to keep up with technology or align with changing requirements. Maintenance of your own security protocols and keys, and a dedicated management tool for complete control over all your security parameters.

Product details.

  • NIST-Compliant AES-256 encryption
  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) algorithms
  • Diffie-Hellman secured key negotiation (including Elliptic Curve)
  • X.509 certificate support for authentication
  • Easily integrates into enterprise Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) using x.509 certificate-based authentication
  • Support for Certificate Revocation List (CRL)
  • Hitless AES-256 key rotation every second
  • TLS-secured and mutually authenticated interface for encryption management
  • Elliptical Curve certificates

Bandwidth options & handoff protocols

  • Encryption over Wavelength
    • 10Gbps: 10 GigE, FC800, FC1200, OC-192, OC-192c

Encryption over Managed Private Optical Network

  • 10Gbps: 10 GigE, FC800, FC1200, OC-192, OC-192c
  • 40Gbps: 40 GigE, OC-768
  • 100Gbps: 100 GigE

Protocols protected

  • Optical Encryption is protocol agnostic, encrypting all payload data, at all packet and frame sizes, at full line rate. The service protects all major transport protocols, including Ethernet, IP, SONET, Fiber Channel, Video Transport and OTN.


  • Availability specs are based on the design of the network delivering the encryption service. Options are available for route diversity with failover to ensure the highest availability possible.

Encryption Service over Wavelength (10Gbps)

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3
  • FIPS 197 – AES-256
  • EMCW
  • Brocade

Encryption Service over Managed Private Optical Network (10Gbps, 40Gbps, 100Gbps)

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 2·FIPS 197 – AES-256
  • EMCW
  • Brocade

Ideal for.

  • Businesses looking to maximize network security by adding in-flight data encryption from end-point to end-point.
  • High security networks that can’t afford to sacrifice speed, requiring full line rate performance at all frame sizes and protocols with minimal latency impact.
  • Finance companies that must maintain total control over their security parameters and keys, no matter their connection.
  • Healthcare organizations that need maximum protection and optimized latency, through encryption of all their in-flight data as it is transferred across their networks.

How we work with you.

For 30 years, we’ve been working with customers to implement communications infrastructure solutions. We’ll work closely with your business to understand your needs and design custom solutions for your unique priorities and challenges. We know the opportunities that a well-designed and maintained network can bring to your organization. That’s why we monitor your network around the clock through our state-of-the-art Network Operations Center. And as you continue to pursue new possibilities, we’ll be here ready to connect you to the technologies and innovations you need to stay ahead.

Let’s talk about your connectivity needs.

Your business is unique—and so are your connectivity needs. With an individualized approach, we’ll show you how our infrastructure solutions will serve you today and prepare you for tomorrow.

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