Tempered Networks Enhances Its HIPswitch Tech
Tempered Networks aims to bring Host Identity Protocol to the enterprise and the emerging Internet of things world with its latest HIPswitch technology.Tempered Networks aims to make it easier to deploy Host Intrusion Protocol-based technology with the launch of a second generation of its hardware switches and updated software. Tempered Networks entered the market in November 2014 as the rebranded name of Asguard Networks. The HIP specification was originally jointly developed by Verizon, Ericsson and Boeing as a security isolation and control mechanism for industrial networks. Tempered Networks' goal is to bring HIP to the enterprise and the emerging Internet of things (IoT) world with its HIPswitch technology. "The customers that are really paranoid will do a one-to-one relationship, where a device will plug directly into a HIPswitch, while the ones that are less paranoid will plug in behind layer 2 switches," Mark Kaplan, vice president of security architecture and services, told eWEEK. HIPswitch has two distinct interfaces, Kaplan explained. One of the interfaces handles TCP/IP traffic, and the first thing it does is it checks the media access control (MAC) and IP address of a device to make sure it's on a white list of allowed devices. "So if you plug something directly into the HIPswitch and the device isn't white-listed, you won't get anywhere," Kaplan said.
The other interface is the outside encryption interface; it uses HIP, which encapsulates and encrypts traffic in a manner similar to how an Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) session works. IPsec is often deployed for VPNs in an enterprise. The HIP encryption used by Tempered Networks is AES256, SHA-2, which is among the strongest grades of encryption available.