What is this white paper about?

"When CJI is transmitted outside the boundary of the physically secure location, the data shall be immediately protected via encryption. When encryption is employed, the cryptographic module used shall be FIPS 140-2 certified..."
- US Department of Justice, 2018

Owning your own fiber optic infrastructure is no longer a guarantee for data security and today, with ever-growing security threats, data security must increase dramatically.

To address this, the US federal government issued new mandatory federal encryption standards for all government agencies, requiring all CJIS to integrate FIPS 140-2 certified encryption into their optical network backbone.

This has forced organizations to stay compliant while coping with the cost and complexity involved in implementing new infrastructure.

This white paper discusses how PCS partnered with PacketLight Networks and Extreme Networks to implement a solution in one of the largest Sheriff's Departments in Florida. They required a solution that was cost-effective with minimal downtime (key in critical public safety-related services).

PacketLight's OTN and DWDM devices with embedded GCM-AES-256 Layer-1 encryption are the perfect solution for these highly data-sensitive applications. The FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified devices are installed without disruption to data transport, and provide full throughput with no degradation to the traffic.