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Jan 27 2011   10:09PM GMT

Certes Networks — formerly CipherOptics — adapts to network security market changes

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

When a vendor stays around long enough for it’s market to change, sometimes it’s time to close up shop. In other cases, it’s time to get a new facelift and identity. This is what Certes Networks, formerly CipherOptics, did to change with the evolving network security market.

In the words of the company: “The name no longer fits the company, nor the markets we serve, so a change was needed.”

The fact that I even call it a “network security” market speaks to how the market has converged. Information security and IT networking markets are merging as a result of centralizing data and holding it accountable. Take “network access control” for instance — a term popular up until maybe 2008. It has since been replaced by “data loss prevention” (DLP).

The company began in the optical encryption market, hence the former name “cipher” — a key to a secret — and “optics” (optical). Now that the company has made its mark in network encryption, it only made sense to shed “optics” and replace it with “networks” — a new company strength.

It turns out the name Certes Networks doesn’t stray too far from CipherOptics. The company likes to point out that “certes” is an anagram for “secret” — linking back to its roots. “Certes” comes from the word “certain” meaning “true.” Certes Networks aims to protect data in a network using network access control, or data loss protection/prevention, I should say — hence, Certes Networks’ 10 Gbps variable speed network encryptor announcement.

It should be the aim of every network engineer to understand where data is and how to secure it. Likewise, a security engineer will be hardpressed to secure a network they don’t understand.

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