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This paper describes the security functionality of the Nokia 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR). It can be used by power utilities to ascertain how the 7705 SAR platforms meet security requirements, such as North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC-CIP) compliance in the heavily regulated energy sector. It can also be incorporated into security best practices frameworks and operations.
Security is quickly becoming a top priority for all vertical markets in general. Mandated by regulators in some industries, it is now essential for network operations teams to incorporate strong security when deploying communications systems. It is the responsibility of the operations organizations to make sure their systems are secure from malicious behavior. They must protect both end users and any critical infrastructure (such as the utility power grid) from security breaches that may damage the infrastructure, possibly causing catastrophic outcomes.
The level of protection must reflect the level of exposure to potential threats. Companies must analyze their networks within their operational context and assess potential risks, weighing that against the cost of implementing specific security measures to mitigate the risks.
This paper provides an overview of major 7705 SAR security features. It also outline how to apply them to prevent malicious behavior in some specific situations. Nokia recommends companies review their network threats with security experts to apply the best level of security within the network while taking advantage of key security features of the Nokia products being deployed.