The number of information technology attacks have been rising steeply in recent years, and no one wants to make the news for being the victims of a data breach. Organizations recognize the severity of this threat. Most are investing in enhanced cybersecurity protocols and technology. However, the great majority of this spending is devoted to Layer 2 – Layer 7 defense. Layer 1, cabling and pathways, is often neglected, although it is arguably the most vulnerable. Predictive Solutions Engineering (PSE) offers Layer 1 defense for fiber optic cables.

Security Vulnerabilities of Fiber Optic Cabling

Fiber optic cables are widely recognized as more secure than copper wire or satellite alternatives. While this is true, there are still significant vulnerabilities that must be addressed to keep your information secure. Fiber optic networks carry massive amounts of data and even a “small” breach constitutes a major compromise. In addition to the threat of data theft, organizations must monitor and prevent outages, which can have immeasurable costs, both directly and in the form of lost trust and damage to their reputation.

Physical Fiber Optic Defense

PSE uses state-of-the-art network monitoring technologies for physical fiber optic defense. The systems we use monitor networks 24/7/365 and detect unauthorized tampering, intrusions, or damage. The alarm management interface allows your personnel to clearly identify where the issue is occurring and to quickly address the threat according to your site-specific standard operating procedure (SOP).

Fiber Monitoring vs Conduits

Our monitoring systems use fibers within the cable itself to detect disturbances. This turns the entire cable into a sensor and renders a metal conduit unnecessary for intrusion detection. Using intrinsic monitoring offers several advantages for your organization. Our monitoring reduces cost, is friendlier to the environment, and allows rapid deployment of classified networks.

Fiber Monitoring vs Perimeter Security

Perimeter security is often unsuitable for the local area network (LAN) environment and requires a separate sensing fiber. False alarms are frequent for these types of systems, unlike our technology which adapts to your network and distinguishes between ambient activity and actual threats. Additionally, perimeter monitoring protects the pathways instead of the fiber optic cables themselves, which can create significant vulnerabilities.

Fiber Monitoring vs Encryption

Data encryption is often used for fiber optic security, but this method has several disadvantages. Encryption often creates a bottleneck and degrades network ability. Our fiber optic monitoring systems do not impact your network’s speed or capacity. Encryption devices also come at a significant cost and require additional communications security (COMSEC) management.

PSE Can Protect Your Data With Layer 1 Fiber Optic Defense

PSE installs the best systems the industry has to offer for Layer 1 fiber optic security. We have extensive experience with both government and private sector security and can help safeguard your sensitive data.

To learn more about our physical fiber optic defense solutions, contact us today.