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

Tellabs is the only Passive Optical LAN equipment manufacturer committed to taking all major hardware and software releases through the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) rigorous testing known as Joint Interoperability Test Command or JITC. The JITC testing includes network security, network interoperability, and system reliability testing. This week we distributed a news release announcing that Tellabs most recent Optical LAN software release SR29 passed JITC certification 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 do this because it is the best public industry certification process available for Passive Optical LAN to test security, availability and interoperability. This transparent testing is important not just to the U.S. Federal Government, but to all private sector regions, markets and customers, since it validates Passive Optical LAN as a viable option for upgrading modern high performance local area networks.


From an advanced security stand-point, JITC works under the authority of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), thus 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 SR29 was also certified for a more rigorous DoD deployment known as Assured Services LAN or ASLAN. This additional ASLAN certification recognizes Tellabs’ industry leading redundancy, survivability, and system availability, including Tellabs’ patented redundancy methodology known as Type-B PON redundancy.


With respect to end-to-end LAN interoperability, the JITC test bed replicates real-world multi-vendor enterprise LAN environment, from core routers to desk top devices. This is how all forms of voice, video and data services are tested against strict quality of service parameters and as part of this interoperability testing there is IPv6 testing criteria as well.


We encourage all interested parties, regardless of region or market, to view the full JITC certification for the Tellabs Optical LAN SR29 hardware and software that can be accessed at the following public link that showcases superior security, availability and interoperability.