NetQuest and HUBER+SUHNER Polatis Deliver Industry’s Most Scalable Optical Surveillance Solution for Cybersecurity at OFC 2018

Joint solution helps governments and businesses deploy automated, mass surveillance techniques to fight cyber crime

SAN DIEGO, Calif. #OFC18 – March 13, 2018 (Business Wire) – NetQuest Corporation, a leading manufacturer of cyber surveillance solutions, and Huber+Suhner (H+S) Polatis, the performance leader in all-optical switching, today announced a joint effort to deliver the industry’s first automated mass optical network surveillance solution combining NetQuest’s intelligent network survey and traffic intercept functions with Polatis’s all-optical switching technology.

NetQuest and HUBER+SUHNER Polatis will display the solution for the first time at OFC 2018. The companies will demonstrate how the solution can enhance cyber intelligence missions by providing a greater ability to search for cyber attacks and the opportunity to increase security across a wide array of large-scale optical network architectures.

While the threat of cyber attacks increases, long-haul and metro optical networks are undergoing sweeping changes with the introduction of proprietary 100G-plus coherent signaling technologies. As traffic volume skyrockets over intercontinental submarine and emerging 5G mobile networks, the task of finding advanced threats is the cyber equivalent of searching for a needle in a haystack. The NetQuest-Polatis joint solution produces instant access to thousands of individual fibers for monitoring by introducing automation to the optical network data access challenge.

“NetQuest and Polatis are providing broad visibility to an unprecedented volume of traffic and giving today’s mission-critical traffic monitoring tools a significant advantage in detecting advanced cyber threats,” said Jesse Price, CEO and President of NetQuest Corporation. “Our collaboration on an advanced automation technique for accessing big data carried over large-scale optical transport networks will exponentially improve cyber intelligence missions and network monitoring functions.”

The combined solution utilizes NetQuest’s Alpine Patrol orchestration platform to manage NetQuest Interceptor appliances and the high-density all-optical switches from Polatis – all from a single, integrated management console. Individual optical fibers can be physically tapped and directly connected to the Polatis optical switch. Polatis offers a wide array of all-optical switches for direct connections ranging up to 384-x-384 ports, enabling the integrated surveillance system to cycle through thousands of optical fibers and perform automated network survey to reveal signaling attributes of optical communication signals. In contrast, previous solutions were constrained by a limited number of input fiber connections.

“While networks have grown exponentially in both volume and transmission speed, cyber attacks have likewise intensified in number and frequency, increasing the threat to global communications infrastructure,” said Gerald Wesel, president and general manager of Huber+Suhner Polatis. “Combining our optical network switching technology, which is right-sized for this application, with NetQuests’s innovative approach to access and monitoring, provides unprecedented advantages to mission-critical fiber access and monitoring missions.”

The joint NetQuest-Polatis mass optical surveillance solution will be on display at OFC 2018, Booth #6207, March 13-15 in San Diego, Calif. For demonstration of the platform during or after the conference, contact NetQuest Product Marketing Manager Mike Seidler at mseidler@netquestcorp.com. An application brief about the joint solution is available for download as www.netquestcorp.com/75fQv.

About NetQuest

NetQuest designs, manufactures and markets purpose built optical network monitoring access products to government intelligence agencies and large government system integrators tasked with securing and protecting national defense interests. Founded in 1987 and based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, NetQuest is an employee owned business. With a 30 year track record of providing cutting edge access monitoring solutions, NetQuest has developed a global customer base, marketing directly and through a network of strategic partners, value-added resellers and representatives. For more information, visit http://netquestcorp.com/.

About Huber+Suhner Polatis

Huber+Suhner Polatis is the leading supplier of high performance dynamic all-optical switch solutions for software-defined network provisioning, protection, monitoring, reconfiguration and test. The reliable, field-proven DirectLight™ optical switch technology powers the thousands of switches in-service worldwide and has created the industry’s broadest range of transparent, bidirectional, dark-fiber optical circuit switches from 4×4 to 384×384 ports. Visit www.polatis.com.

Contact:

Polatis: Matt Burke, matt.burke@hubersuhner.com, (603) 315-0618

Calysto: Tom Murphy, tmurphy@calysto.com, (831) 661-0260