Is Your “Secure” Network Really Secure?

Even a robust security plan can be compromised at the user access point. For this reason, KVM Switches that interface with both secure and non-secure networks pose a significant risk to data security and are often targeted by hackers. Some network managers avoid this issue altogether by keeping their networks completely separate. However, that solution requires more monitors, cabling, and greater overall energy demands.

NIAP-Certified Secure KVM Switches have solved this conundrum by saving energy and space in addition to meeting the high security standards set by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). NIAP KVMs allow users to access multiple computers with different security levels from a single console (keyboard, mouse and monitor) while protecting data from accidental or unauthorized transfer when switching between systems. In fact, they are so secure that they are designed to self-destruct if someone attempts to tamper or alter them, meaning your sensitive data will always stay safe and in the right hands.

Secure-KVM-Diagram

KEY
– SIPR Network: Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), a secure computer network used by the United States Department of Defense and Department of State to transmit classified information
– JWICS: Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, a secure computer network used primarily within the intelligence community
– Unsecure Network: For example, a Non-classified IP Router Network (NIPRNet) managed by the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and used to exchange sensitive but unclassified information between Government and military users

Okay, but how does it keep my data secure?
The NIAP-Certified Secure KVM Switches have a number of physical security features to safeguard your data against different techniques for hacking and tampering:

  • Isolated Data Channels in each KVM port make it impossible for data to be transferred between connected computers through the KVM.
  • Selective USB Access only recognizes HID USB devices (such as keyboards and mice) to prevent inadvertent and insecure data transfer.
  • Tamper-Warning Labels on each side of the KVM provide clear visual evidence if the enclosure has been compromised.
  • Housing Intrusion Detection causes the KVM to become inoperable and the LEDs to flash repeatedly if the housing has been opened.
  • Fixed Firmware cannot be reprogrammed, preventing attempts to alter the logic of the KVM.
  • Tamper-Proof Circuit Board is soldered to prevent component removal or alteration.
  • Safe Buffer Design doesn’t incorporate a memory buffer, and the keyboard buffer is automatically cleared after data transmission, preventing transfer of keystrokes or other data when switching between computers.
  • Push-Button Control requires physical access to KVM when switching between connected computers.

In addition to its robust security features, these DVI/USB KVM Switches support resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 for high-resolution imaging applications, such as mapping and satellite-imaging. Plus, they are TAA-compliant for GSA Schedule purchases.

Read more about NIAP-Certified Secure KVM Switches.

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