Black Box Introduces “Defender” to Protect Unsecured KVM Systems

Black Box has announced the Secure KVM Defender, an NIAP 3.0-certified port isolator that enables protection of unsecured KVM systems. 

Preventing data leakage between secure and unsecured systems through shared peripheral connections, Black Box said the Secure KVM Defender adds a critical layer of security for sensitive or classified data passed across existing KVM matrix switching networks.

“Our new Secure KVM Defender solution resolves a weak point that can threaten the security of data across KVM switches," said John Hickey, senior director of R&D and KVM systems for the Black Box Technology. "With its extended security features, this device is an ideal addition for customers already using KVM matrix switching solutions, such as Black Box Emerald DKM or Agility, that are looking for ways to add an additional security layer for their KVM networks.”

The Secure KVM Defender ensures that video, USB and audio data flow only from the computer to the peripheral, with no access to other classified or sensitive networks. Without compromising speed or support for DVI Dual Link resolutions, this single-direction data transmission provides a complete isolation of the secure computer, preventing all kinds of intruder attempts via cyber hacking, eavesdropping or device retasking.

Ensuring absolute isolation of mechanical, electrical and optical signals with techniques including air gapping, the Secure KVM Defender blocks the direct connection between the host PC or laptop and a peripheral device, such as a printer, projector, speaker or any other device that shares access with a classified computer or network.

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