Privacy Over Fiber

Fully Secured Fiber Privacy Protection Modules

Ensure your fiber transmission data is fully secured by relying on our state-of-the-art fiber privacy protection modules. With unsecured fiber lines, in-bound and outbound transmission data can be intercepted in “less-secure” areas by placing undetectable physical taps. These taps can then collect passing data, allowing third parties to decipher and read the unsecured information.

At Apriori Network Systems, we realized that this was a serious security issue and that service providers had very little they could do to protect their customers from these breaches. That is why we developed our A-PRIORI2 module, which physically connects to the fiber link and prevents third parties from connecting taps. Our solution is designed to be easily implemented, 100% network compatible, transparent to encryption, and agnostic to speed, modulation, protocol, and wavelength.

Repelling Man-in-the-Middle Attack of Optical Fiber Infrastructure

When the black box panel LED is illuminated,
the system is active and repelling the hacker.

Unlike traditional encryption, our system aims to provide complete packet protection. Typically, in encrypted systems, IP headers are not encrypted and could be intercepted by third parties and used with malicious intent. With our system, we prevent the attack from happening at all, ensuring all IP packet information is secure.

An Ideal Network Solution

The ideal use-case combines our patented Apriori Network Systems Physically Secure Fiber Link with existing in-the-field encryption, active analytics, protective distribution systems (PDS), and alarmed carriers. This is why we are actively partnering with a growing group of telecommunications and cyber-security experts, companies, and thought leaders to implement this fail-safe element into the overall optical fiber asset security toolkit.

Privatizing Transmission Data

Keeping secure data away from prying eyes is our primary concern. With our physically secure optical fiber platform technology, we aim to enhance your existing physical cable security by using deception, hardening, and end-to-end protection and monitoring. Additionally, our equipment:

  • Does not rely on any encryption algorithm
  • Does not take up extra processing power or latency
  • Does not require any key management system, which will always be vulnerable to hacking by its software nature

The Eternal Value of Privacy

The most common retort against privacy advocates — by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining, and other wholesale surveillance measures — is this line: “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?”

Some clever answers: “If I’m not doing anything wrong, then you have no cause to watch me.” “Because the government gets to define what’s wrong, and they keep changing the definition.” “Because you might do something wrong with my information.” My problem with quips like these — as of right as they are — is that they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It’s not. Privacy is an inherent human right and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.

Two proverbs say it best:

Quis custodiet custodes ipsos?

“Who watches the watchers?” and “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Cardinal Richelieu understood the value of surveillance when he famously said, “If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.”

Watch someone long enough, and you’ll find something to arrest — or just blackmail — with.

Privacy is important because without it, surveillance information will be abused: to peep, to sell to marketers and to spy on political enemies — whoever they happen to be at the time.

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.

We do nothing wrong when we make love or go to the bathroom. We are not deliberately hiding anything when we seek out private places for reflection or conversation. We keep private journals, sing in the privacy of the shower, and write letters to secret lovers and then burn them. Privacy is a basic human need.

A future in which privacy would face constant assault was so alien to the framers of the (United States of America) Constitution that it never occurred to them to call out privacy as an explicit right. Privacy was inherent to the nobility of their being and their cause. Of course, being watched in your own home was unreasonable. Watching at all was an act so unseemly as to be inconceivable among gentlemen in their day. You watched convicted criminals, not free citizens. You ruled your own home. It’s intrinsic to the concept of liberty.
For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.

How many of us have paused during conversation in the past four-and-a-half years, suddenly aware that we might be eavesdropped on? Probably it was a phone conversation, although maybe it was an e-mail or instant-message exchange or a conversation in a public place. Maybe the topic was terrorism, or politics, or Islam. We stop suddenly, momentarily afraid that our words might be taken out of context, then we laugh at our paranoia and go on. But our demeanor has changed, and our words are subtly altered.

This is the loss of freedom we face when our privacy is taken from us. This is life in former East Germany, or life in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. And it’s our future as we allow an ever-intrusive eye into our personal, private lives.

Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.

Bruce Schneier, Wired…….May 18, 2006

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