Ixia is first to market with Line Rate10GbE MACSec test solution

December 5, 2007

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CALABASAS, Calif. -- Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, announces a new test interface module for MACSec link security, solidifying its commitment to provide test solutions for this latest security initiative - MACSec. MACSec, IEEE 802.1ae, which became an IEEE standard in June 2006, specifies how encryption is used to secure the links between major carrier and data center network devices. MACSec allows carriers and data center managers to offer their customers high levels of security for their data. Ixia's 10GbE MACSec Load Module allows chip vendors and NEMs to completely test their designs prior to integration and deployment.

"Testing the performance of network security devices is essential to ensure that the infrastructure will be able to meet both capacity and security requirements under a variety of external and internal loads," said John Burke, principal research analyst at Nemertes Research. "Indeed, the performance of a security device can determine how secure the device is:many exploits work only when the security appliance is subjected to extreme loads, leading to the exposure of a bug or inherent capacity limit. Proper testing can reveal those limits prior to release or deployment and allow for remediation."

MACSec protects high-speed links from a number of security risks, including impersonation, confidentiality and data modification. MACSec operates by performing link layer encryption for each hop through a network. It works within carrier core networks and data centers, where 10Gbps Ethernet links are fast becoming the norm. Due to these speed requirements, vendors are developing chips specifically designed to handle MACSec encryption/decryption.

Based on its industry-leading 10Gbps Ethernet test interfaces, Ixia's 10GbE MACSec Load Module can be used in any of its chassis. The new module offers line rate, link layer encryption using AES-GCM encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard - Galois Counter Mode), as specified in RFC 4106, in addition to the standard features available with the 10GbE family of products.

"Network security, long a priority for enterprises, SOHOs and individuals, has now become a major focus for carriers and data centers," said Atul Bhatnager, president and COO of Ixia. "MACSec is a ground-breaking security standard. Ixia is once again demonstrating its market leadership by offering the first solution for testing MACSec chips and devices, enabling our customers to deliver more secure products and services to market."

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA)

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