“Ahead of cyber attacks that double in number every year, it is necessary to recruit experts, capable of protecting, detecting, responding and repairing” said Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister for Defence at the International Forum on Cyber Security (FIC 2014) in Lille, France. He has announced a €1 billion program over the coming years to protect France against the emerging threat of cyber attacks and has called for an international response to cybercrime. “Cyber threats affect each and every one of us, and it’s only collectively that we can face this threat.”
Taking up the challenge of combating cyber criminality, Alcatel-Lucent has been committed to respond with innovations for a long time now, constantly investing into highly secure solutions and a specialized CyberSecurity competency center. The FIC event was their opportunity to present some in-depth know-how through demonstrations which attracted the attention of attendees:
- Highly secure high-speed network based on copper and optical fiber
To detect intrusions and protect copper and optical fibers, Alcatel-Lucent integrates advanced security features into its DWDM optical equipment 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). Integrity and confidentiality of data is ensured by encryption of high speed lines (10G) based on one of the most advanced standards of the market (AES 256) that does not compromise performance (latency of a few micro-seconds) or complicate the management of the network (activated by a simple click of the mouse). This type of solution is ideal to secure transmission of real-time high-speed data and is therefore optimal to secure “data centers”, “cloud” infrastructures and all critical communication infrastructures of power utilities, railways operators, defense, government and public safety agencies.
- Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
This demonstration consisted of a simulated cyber attack of a corporate network, detected and counteracted in real-time. To do this, Alcatel-Lucent showcased its SIEM software that collects, aggregates, correlates and logs information coming from various network equipments (routers, switches, servers, firewalls etc.) This solution is associated with a range of services: experts to follow-up security threats, ensuring an advisory role in proactive and reactive cyber defense prevention; the design of security solutions that meet the specific needs of each client; and finally a Security Operation Center (SOC) based in France to offer these services 24/7 with different SLA and over 20 years of experience.
- Bring Your Own Device securely (BYOD)
In all companies, employees increasingly want to use their personal devices in the office (smartphones, tablets etc.) to access the company’s resources and applications. This obviously creates serious security threats in the corporate network. Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated a solution for controlling access through verifying the integrity of these personal devices and managing access to resources.
This solution brings the corporate world a new level of flexibility and agility for all employees, all the while preserving security in their data and systems.
At FIC, these demonstrations positioned Alcatel-Lucent at the forefront of innovations and confirmed their commitment to addressing cyber-security challenges.