Ixia Launches New Flex Tap to Fortify Business Critical Application Security

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November 2nd, 2016—Ixia
(Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security
solutions, today announced the latest addition to the company’s reliable
network taps family of products for monitoring live network traffic – Flex Tap™
Flex Tap Secure+ helps prevent accidental or malicious injection of data into a
live network to strengthen network security and reduce risk of data corruption.
It was designed specifically for business critical applications, such as those
supporting huge financial transactions daily, as well as governments and other
organizations that need to ensure a high level of security for sensitive data.
Flex Tap Secure+ supports speeds up to 100G, and is 100 percent passive.
Available in single mode fiber with a split ratio of 50/50, Ixia’s Flex Tap
Secure+ helps eliminate a wide variety of potential situations that can result
in data corruption or network disruption, including:
·       An organization mistakenly connects a passive
fiber tap to an output port on a monitoring tool causing data to be injected
back into a live network.
·       A government entity in a lawful intercept
application is using a fiber tap to monitor a communications link, however the
monitoring tool is erroneously configured or connected sending traffic via a
tap back into the live network. As a result, it may be possible for a third
party being monitored to detect this traffic and reveal the existence of the
A third
party with access to an organization’s unsecure data center uses a conventional
fiber tap to disrupt a live network.
Flex Tap Secure PlusThe
design of the Flex Tap is optimized and tested for high-performance fiber
networks ranging from 1G to 100G. Flex Taps are deployed at any inline
connection on the network, therefore no extra overhead or management burden is
added to the network devices to copy traffic for the monitoring/security
infrastructure. The Flex Tap Secure+ product can be deployed within an existing
Flex Tap install base, leveraging the same rack mount chassis. Ixia Flex Taps
are protocol agnostic and are compatible with all major manufacturers’
monitoring devices, including protocol analyzers, probes, and intrusion
detection systems.
Favier, Company Sales Manager at Phoenix Datacom, a leading Ixia value added
reseller in the UK supporting enterprise and government organizations,
commented; “The Ixia Flex Tap Secure+ allows customers to prevent any
accidental or deliberate insertion of traffic back into a live network link via
the tap monitor ports. We anticipate that our customers, who need to ensure the
security of their networks, will be very interested in this innovative new
product from Ixia to further harden their cyber-security infrastructure.”
About Ixia
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) provides testing, visibility, and security
solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for
enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. Ixia
offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate.
Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify their designs, optimize their
performance, and ensure protection of their networks to make their applications
stronger. Learn more at www.ixiacom.com.

the Ixia logo, Flex Tap, and Flex Tap Secure+ are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Ixia in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other
trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
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