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Physical security considerations in all-optical networks
Author(s): Douglas Marquis; Muriel Medard; Richard A. Barry; Steven G. Finn
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Paper Abstract

All-optical systems are a promising technology for terabit- per-second fiber-optic communication networks. The transmission, switching and routing characteristics of all- optical networks that enable these high rates are intrinsically different from their electro-optic counterparts, particularly when considered with respect to vulnerability to service denial attacks. The characteristics of both components and architecture of all-optical networks appear to have new and little studied security vulnerabilities. Along with those vulnerabilities are a new set of countermeasures which are also different from the electro-optic scenario. This paper addresses the vulnerabilities of all-optical networks to attacks from both inside and outside the network, and present some preliminary results on countermeasures. This work concentrates on physical security differences between all-optical networks and more conventional electro-optic networks with a goal of understanding the differences in attack mechanisms. These difference suggest new countermeasures that may significantly reduce the infrastructure vulnerability of all-optical networks. The work is timely in that consideration of the physical security of all-optical networks in a way that will be difficult to match using post-deployment techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3228, Multimedia Networks: Security, Displays, Terminals, and Gateways, (1 February 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300896
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas Marquis, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Muriel Medard, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Richard A. Barry, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Steven G. Finn, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3228:
Multimedia Networks: Security, Displays, Terminals, and Gateways
Louis S. Lome; V. Michael Bove; Barbara Derryberry; Clifford R. Holliday; Louis S. Lome; Vishal Markandey; Andrew G. Tescher; Bhaskaran Vasudev, Editor(s)

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