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Ixia module tests IEEE MACSec link security for carriers and data centres

Ixia , a provider of IP performance test systems, today released a new test interface module for MACSec link securi...


December 5, 2007  


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Ixia , a provider of IP performance test systems, today released a new test interface module for MACSec link security, which became an IEEE standard in June 2006 and specifies how encryption is used to secure the links between major carrier and data center network devices.

Ixia’s 10GbE MACSec Load Module allows chip vendors and NEMs to test their designs prior to integration and deployment.

“Testing the performance of network security devices is essential to ensure that the infrastructure will be able to meet both capacity and security requirements under a variety of external and internal loads,” said John Burke, principal research analyst at Nemertes Research.

“Indeed, the performance of a security device can determine how secure the device is: many exploits work only when the security appliance is subjected to extreme loads, leading to the exposure of a bug or inherent capacity limit. Proper testing can reveal those limits prior to release or deployment and allow for remediation.”

MACSec protects high-speed links from a number of security risks, including impersonation, confidentiality and data modification. MACSec operates by performing link layer encryption for each hop through a network.

According to Ixia, it works within carrier core networks and data centers, where 10Gbps Ethernet links are fast becoming the norm.