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Engage Communication Integrates Advanced Encryption Into Circuit-to-Packet Solutions

Engage Communication, a leading provider of specialized solutions that connect, protect and secure communication networks, announced the integration of powerful AES encryption into its market leading IP-Tube family of Circuit-to-Packet converters. The result, the highly secure Black-Tube product line.

Increasing threats from both external and internal cyber-attacks has made securing networks a critical concern to most organizations. This is particularly true when information transported is sensitive in nature; often the case. Whether a Utility focused on NERC CIP 005 requirements, emergency service providers protecting critical HQ and field communications, financial and health care institutions transporting personal information, or an enterprise needing to secure sensitive corporate information; encrypting data, voice and video in motion is of prime importance. At the same time, these entities have to be concerned about dramatic changes occurring to Wide Area Network services.

Major network service providers are moving forward with plans to “end-of-life” circuit-based networks, forcing a growing number of their customers to consider how best to move to an all-packet network. Often, the cost and complexity of replacing existing on-premises infrastructure is daunting and a forklift equipment change impractical. A less disruptive and lower cost alternative is to retain legacy circuit equipment for the time being and connect it to the packet network with circuit-to-packet converters.

However, the conversion of circuits to packets can produce new security considerations. For example, circuit networks are generally believed to be less vulnerable than packet networks. In addition, the definition of security responsibilities may be less clear with a new packet “demarcation” point. Finally, it may prove costly to encrypt redundant packet connections from multiple data centers all the way to the circuit-to-packet conversion location, often a requirement for critical networks.

Responding to the growing need to convert circuit traffic to packets while addressing the security considerations introduced by this process, Engage Communication has developed the Black-Tube. Integrating encryption into the Engage Black-Tube circuit-to-packet converter means sensitive control and monitoring traffic is never “in the clear” on the packet network. Additionally, since encryption is done at the source prior to transport over the primary or redundant packet networks, the expensive and complexity of external in-line Encryptors for each path is eliminated.

“Providing both encryption and circuit-to-packet solutions for over a decade, along with over twenty-five years of serving our customers, puts us in a unique position to understand the pain points associated with securely migrating to packet networks,” said Mark Doyle, Engage President and CEO.

The result, a powerful combination of Engage’s market leading IP-Tube circuit-to-packet converters and AES 256 bit encryption appliance the Black-Tube product family.

Encrypted RS232/SCADA over IP
http://www.engageinc.com/products/secure-serial-to-ethernet/encrypted-rs232-over-ip/blacktube-rs232-ser.html

Encrypted T1/PBX/ChannelBank over IP
http://www.engageinc.com/products/secure-tdm-circuit-emulation/encrypted-t1-over-ip/blacktube-t1-over-ethernet-encryptor.html

Members of the Black-Tube family of secure circuit-to-packet converters are currently shipping. The Black-Tube family is developed, manufactured and supported in the U.S.

Please contact Engage Communication at 1 877-ENGAGE4 or email us at [email protected] for more information about Engage or the Black-Tube.

Engage Communication, founded in 1989, has ROHS compliant solutions that enable organizations to route, bridge, encrypt, and auto protect Voice/Video/Data Networks and to take advantage of the lower costs and flexibility associated with Packet transport while preserving their investment in Circuit based premises equipment such as: PBXs, Phone Switches, Voice and Data Multiplexors, Video and Audio Codecs, and Encryptors...

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