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Protected Distribution Systems (PDS), GPON & Physical Network Security

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The protection of information technology networks is a priority both within the private sector and branches of the U.S. Military at the Department of Defense (DOD). Ensuring that national security information is never compromised forms the basis for all network communications security initiatives. It is widely known that the fiber-optic or copper cables that form network backbone raceways are vulnerable to intruders that might physically tap into their data streams.

 

When deployed in parallel within a network conduit, embedded in a carrier, or used to physically protect passive optical networks (PON), the Fiber SenSys Alarm Processor Unit (APU) is the core component used to alarm the network conduit or the raceway. The APU, as the integral part of the SecurLAN® network protection model, enables a network carrier system to meet the DOD requirements for Protected Distribution Systems (PDS), a government requirement for physical protection of classified network data.

 

It has been demonstrated and verified that SecurLAN solutions are offered at the lowest cost per zone in the industry. The products have also been approved and certified for the protection of the PDS, and are compatible with all varieties of network architectures, including secure passive optical networks (PON).

 

The SecureLAN System:

  • Provides instant notification of unauthorized access, tapping attempts and accidental intrusions
  • Provides multiple alarm notification options and can provide positive network shutdown of the affected protection zone when combined with FSI optical cutoff switches
  • Makes protecting DOD networks cost-effective
  • Enhances security through multiple annunciation and network communications capabilities
  • Eliminates the need for visible inspection requirements when securing a PDS. Network raceways can be concealed above the ceiling or below the floor.

 

In the context of classified DOD networks, Protected Distribution Systems (PDS) is a system of carriers (conduits, ducts, etc.) that are used to distribute Military and National Security Information (NSI) between two or more controlled areas or from a controlled area through an area of lesser classification (i.e. outside the SCIF or other similar area).

 

National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI) No. 7003, Protective Distribution Systems (PDS), provides guidance for the protection of SIPRNET wireline and optical fiber PDS to transmit unencrypted classified National Security Information (NSI). SecurLAN is an approved and certified solution for the PDS "Alarmed Carrier."

 

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SecurLAN Protected Distribution Systems (PDS)

National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI) No. 7003, Protective Distribution Systems (PDS), provides guidance for the protection of SIPRNET, JWICS and Top Secret wireline and optical fiber PDS to transmit unencrypted classified National Security Information (NSI).

 

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SecurLAN Applications

Protected Distribution Systems (PDS), as a system of carriers (conduits, ducts, etc.) used to distribute Military and National Security Information (NSI) between two or more controlled areas or from a controlled area through an area of lesser classification, is an efficient and cost effective method to secure classified network data.

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The new SL508 / HC508 Alarm Processor Unit (APU) is an 8-zone / 1U alarm processor with a single strand sensing design.  Fiber SenSys and partner company Holocom, Inc. have already received successful evaluation and testing status for the new unit in 2013 – having demonstrated the APU and its capabilities with the CTTA authorities with the Navy, the ARMY and the Air Force.

SecurLAN Network Security

Fiber SenSys has an installed base of Military, Government, DOD, and Utility Clients, and has been certified and approved for defense of classified and unclassified government local area networks.

NSTISSI 7003 PDS Alarmed Carrier

The National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI) No. 7003, Protective Distribution System (PDS) provides guidance for the protection of wireline and optical fiber cables transmitting unencrypted classified National Security Information (NSI).

This instruction outlines approval authority, standards, and guidance for the design, installation, and maintenance of protected distribution systems (PDS) to U.S. government departments and agencies and their contractors and vendors. This instruction describes the requirements for all PDS installations within the U.S. and for low and medium threat locations outside the U.S.

Secure PON Physical Security and PDS

Secure Passive Optical Networking Initiatives exist in the modern networking topology.  According to Wikipedia, Secure PON (as a trade activity) was developed in 2009 to meet SIPRNet requirements of the US Air Force, and secure passive optical network integrates Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology with PDS Protective Distribution System (PDS).

 

Wikipedia also states that a directive by the US Department of Army (DA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) that all camps, post and stations undergoing modernization aggressively adopt the technologies, by fiscal year 2013 in order to decrease operation cost and capital expenditures.

 

Fiber Intrusion Detection Technology

Fiber-Optic security technology today is available for both perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) and for layer one physical network protection utilizing fiber optic cable and a sensing unit coupled with an advanced algorithms to detect intrusions while screening out environmental noise to achieve maximum sensitivity.

Alarmed-Armored PDS

Since 1996, Fiber SenSys (FSI) has been providing alarmed carrier solutions that include monitoring of dark fibers within the armored and interlocking cables being protected (within specified distances and specifications). This solution is frequently used at government facilities to assist information assurance and security managers with their PDS requirements where physical protection of the fiber is a requirement.

 

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Non-Compliant PDS

A small number of evaluated and tested physical security network alarm systems have been approved for use at U.S. federal facilities and at all Department of Defense (DOD) locations worldwide. Unfortunately, many individuals that are responsible for the network are not aware of them.

Alarmed Carrier PDS

In the context of classified DOD networks, Protected Distribution Systems (PDS) is a system of carriers (conduits, ducts, etc.) that are used to distribute Military and National Security Information (NSI) between two or more controlled areas or from a controlled area through an area of lesser classification (i.e., outside the SCIF or other similar area).  The physical protection of SIPRNET and JWICS under these guidelines, using a CTTA evaluated and tested alarm system is known as the Alarmed Carrier.

 

National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI) No. 7003, Protective Distribution Systems (PDS), provides guidance for the protection of SIPRNET, JWICS and Top Secret wire line and optical fiber PDS to transmit unencrypted classified National Security Information (NSI). With the new ARMY GPON directive from Major General Napper, dated 5/1/2012, NETCOM has identified program execution requirements such that all new construction and major renovations shall utilize Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Technology. 

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