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10GbE test module rolls for MACSec link security

Posted: 07 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:test interface module? MACSec link security? Gigabit Ethernet?

Ixia has introduced a test interface module for MACSec link security. The 10GbE MACSec Load Module allows chip vendors and NEMs to completely test their designs prior to integration and deployment.

MACSec, IEEE 802.1ae, specifies how encryption is used to secure the links between major carrier and data center network devices. It protects high-speed links from a number of security risks including impersonation, confidentiality and data modification.

Based on its 10GbE test interfaces, Ixia's 10GbE MACSec Load Module can be used in any of its chassis. The new module offers line rate, link layer encryption using AES-GCM (Advanced Encryption Standard-Galois Counter Mode) encryption, as specified in RFC 4106, in addition to the standard features available with the 10GbE family of products.

Ixia's IxExplorer test application and Tcl API provide complete access to all encryption parameters used to encode/decode MACSec encrypted traffic. Encryption and decryption works in conjunction with Ixia's patented stream generation hardware to provide line rate 10Gbit/s operation.

- Gina Roos

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