Why JITC Network Security, Availability And Interoperability Testing Matters To All

As the market leader in Passive Optical LAN solutions, Tellabs continues to be committed to taking all major hardware and software releases through the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) rigorous testing program operated by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC). The JITC resides within the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) and their testing includes areas of: network security, network interoperability, and system reliability.


This week we distributed a news release announcing that Tellabs most recent Optical LAN software release SR31.3 passed JITC certification (search on Tellabs under Vendor) and is approved by the DoD for immediate deployment in armed services and federal government local area networks.


Why does Tellabs make this significant investment in resources, time and money to obtain JITC approval?


We continue to fund JITC testing because it is required to deploy updated hardware and software within in DoD networks and within Intelligence or Federal Civilian networks that support DoD tenants.  We believe that this testing also provides our other customers unprecedented validation in areas of security, availability, and interoperability by a 3rd party resource. This testing (and the requirements developed by JITC specific to Passive Optical LAN) validates Passive Optical LAN as a credible alternative to legacy Ethernet-based LAN and CAN architectures.


From an advanced security stand-point, JITC administers stringent risk management framework criteria through Secure Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). This has practical application for any Tellabs’ customers concerned about information assurance, cybersecurity and network security compliance, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).


Like prior software releases, Tellabs high availability SR31.3 was certified for a more rigorous DoD deployment known as Assured Services LAN or ASLAN. ASLAN certification is required to support the DoD’s most critical network users.


We encourage all interested parties, regardless of region or market, to view the full JITC certification for the Tellabs Optical LAN SR31.3 hardware and software that can be accessed at the following public link (search on Tellabs under Vendor) that showcases superior security, availability and interoperability.