Zayo launches optical layer encryption as a service

As part of its commitment to helping businesses secure their data, Zayo Group now offers Encryption as a Service to its customers.

Zayo’s initial customers include a leading multinational global bank using the service to encrypt credit card transaction data, enabling them to maintain compliance with international security standards.

Zayo’s Encryption as a Service is based on Ciena’s WaveLogic Encryption technology, which is embedded in the vendor’s packet-optical transport platforms (see Ciena offers WaveLogic Encryption to secure optical networks).

Zayo uses this technology to provide managed wavelength services configured with 10G/s wire-speed encryption at Layer 1, with additional higher speed options coming soon. The solution provides a high level of secure encryption and is easily integrated into a customer’s network, according to Zayo.

‘Data security continues to be one of the top concerns for global industries, an issue that’s been intensified by recent high-profile attacks in healthcare, retail, banks, hospitality and entertainment,’ said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of strategic marketing and alliances at Zayo. ‘Our encryption solution is quick and easy to provision and provides high levels of protection without sacrificing network performance. It’s another way we are providing a critical layer of security to protect our customers.’

As security becomes increasingly high priority for businesses, encryption at the optical layer gives the highest level of protection, preventing would-be hackers from gaining access to any information carried in each packet, even where it is headed (see Securing the cloud networking supernova).

Physical security and robust security protocols have always been foundational to Zayo’s network and infrastructure. In addition to Encryption as a Service, Zayo’s portfolio includes DDoS mitigation, which provides filtering and redirection in case of a distributed denial of service attack.

Customers will be able to quote and order Encryption as a Service via Zayo’s online self-service platform in the coming months, the company says.


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