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Raritan Introduces Secure Switch for KVM Access to Government and Military Computers

Posted on March 6, 2018

SOMERSET, N.J. (March 5, 2018) — Raritan® — a brand of Legrand, and a leading provider of intelligent data center management and rack power distribution solutions — today introduced the Raritan Secure Switch that provides a number of security features for accessing computers in government, military, and intelligence agencies. The new KVM switch protects information by managing access and information transfers based on a computer’s security classification level — ranging from top secret to confidential to unclassified. The switch also provides tamper-resistant and intrusion-detection features.

Raritan Secure Switches are certified to meet all the requirements of the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Protection Profile for Peripheral Sharing Switch Version 3.0 — the latest requirements that U.S. and Canadian government agencies must follow to access classified systems.

Government, military, and intelligence agencies frequently use computers and networks at different classification levels,” says Richard Dominach, Director of KVM Product Management at Raritan. “As a result, agencies require that when a user switches between computer systems at different classification levels that no data is transferred between connected computers. Having undergone lengthy and comprehensive testing in an authorized test lab, our Secure Switches are NIAP Version 3.0 certified and provide the most stringent and up-to-date protections.”

Multi-level physical and logical security defenses

Raritan Secure Switches provide multiple levels of protection as required by the NIAP 3.0 Protection Profile, including:

  • Strict isolation between computers at different classification levels. When secure switching between computers, data is not buffered and cannot leak from one classification level to another.
  • Tamper-resistant features that show visual evidence of physical tampering.
  • Intrusion-detection feature that will disable operations if the Secure Switch’s case is compromised.
  • Firmware is locked down to prevent unauthorized modification.
  • Keyboard data is automatically cleared to prevent transfer or retention.

Switch works in analog or digital video modes with 4K Ultra HD
To support both new and legacy systems at government agencies, the Raritan Secure Switch can connect to computers with either analog (VGA) or digital video (DVI, HDMI) formats — such as 4K Ultra HD, high-definition and standard resolutions. Unlike other secure switches, a single Raritan Secure Switch can work in an analog (VGA) or digital (DVI, HDMI) mode.

The Raritan Secure Switch — which is available today in North America — comes in models with two and four ports, and with the option of Common Access Card (CAC) authentication. These models support a single DVI-I (digital and analog) and USB user console — with optional audio from the connected computer. 

About Raritan
Raritan, a brand of Legrand, is a global leader in intelligent rack PDUs, KVM switches, and other data center infrastructure monitoring and management solutions. Raritan’s innovations improve the reliability, efficiency, and intelligence of data centers and server rooms around the globe — including those of the top Fortune 500 companies, such as Cisco, Dell, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft. To learn more, visit Raritan.com, LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Legrand and Legrand, North and Central America
Legrand is a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth, including, in particular, connected devices stemming from Legrand’s global Eliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand reported sales of $5.6 billion in 2016. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known market brands and product lines that includes AFCO Systems, C2G, Cablofil, Chief, Da-Lite, Electrorack, Finelite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Nuvo, OCL, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Pinnacle, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Sanus, Solarfective, Vaddio, Vantage, Wattstopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating, and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819) www.legrand.us.

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