The HX system IPSec implementation is FIPS 140-2 level 1 and level 2 (for HX280 terminals) certified. The consolidated certificate number is 1491. The certificate numbers of individual FIPS-approved algorithms are as follows:
- AES (Certs. #1451 and #1453);
- SHS (Cert. #1316);
- HMAC (Cert. #853).
The HN IPSec implementation requires the installation of a redundant pair of VPN IP gateways at the customer’s data center. The VPN IP gateway implements the IPSec tunnels and also performs the TCP acceleration functions while the Hughes hub IP gateway performs the routing and prioritization of the IPSec packets.
Hughes IPSec additionally supports data center diversity where a second pair of VPN IP gateways may be placed in an “alternate” physically diverse data center. Two VPN routers (not shown in the previous diagram) provide a management IPSec tunnel over the backhaul over which the VPN IP gateway’s management traffic is carried.
HN IPSec can also be implemented in a split-tunnel mode where the hub IP gateway performs the function of the VPN IP gateway as well. This configuration, as shown, may be useful to customers who need to selectively route their traffic to either the Internet or their own data center. Traffic destined for the data center is sent over a second IPSec tunnel between the Hughes hub and the data center.
Implementation of the Hughes IPSec solution in an existing HN or HX network is very simple and involves installation of the VPN IP gateways and upgrading the software versions of some of the HN/HX System components. The Hughes IPSec solution is supported on the HN7000S series/HN9200/HN9400 and HX series of remote satellite routers. The Hughes IPSec module provides detailed statistics for monitoring and troubleshooting IPSec tunnels.
Every HN/HX System comes standard with DES encryption on the outroute carrier. However, the optional Hughes IPSec feature is an elegant solution for customers looking to implement standards-based, site-to-site encryption over their HN/HX network without losing the advanced TCP acceleration features.