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Press Release -- April 9th, 2019
Source: FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Launches Encrypted Wavelength Solution to Provide In-Flight Data Security

Low-overhead, low-latency product safeguards against growing threat of data breaches

Albany, NY April 9, 2019 FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast,  announced today that it has launched an encrypted wavelength solution to its suite of comprehensive services. This solution is designed to support businesses that require a resilient, cost effective solution that simplifies end-user security management with an integrated web-based application network tool, without impacting performance.

FirstLight’s Encrypted Wavelength solution leverages best in breed technology to enable ultra-low-latency encryption to secure customer data while in-flight. The solution provides cost-effective and scalable wire-speed encryption for end-to-end data protection without sacrificing network performance.

“No organization is immune to the threat of a data breach,” said Patrick Coughlin, Chief Development Officer of FirstLight. “With the proliferation of sensitive information traveling across multiple disparate networks each day, data security continues to be a top concern among IT professionals. A single data breach could negatively impact an organization in terms of fines or an organization’s reputation. As a result, companies are constantly seeking ways to stay ahead of the threat.”

FirstLight’s Encrypted Wavelength solution encrypts data at the physical and most basic layer where data first enters before traveling across a network. With the ‘always-on’ protection of FirstLight’s Encrypted Wavelength, critical data is protected and secure without performance degradation.

The hardware and software components that are the foundation of FirstLight’s solution are compliant with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2, offering assurance that FirstLight’s Encrypted Wavelength solution complies with stringent encryption algorithms, and best-practice user authentication standards.

While attractive to all businesses, the product is designed to support industries that are subject to security compliance and regulations, including those in healthcare, finance, municipal government, and law enforcement, which often deal with sensitive information such as social security numbers, medical histories, and financial information.

“More than ever, data is the currency of business in the modern world,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight. “With so many transactions transmitting personal information over multiple networks and devices, companies can no longer afford to secure their in-flight data with anything less than a Layer 1 solution. We’re excited to broaden our service portfolio with this revolutionary technology, which helps safeguard our customers’ data — whether it’s traveling across the street, across town, or across regions.”

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About FirstLight

FirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast connecting nearly 8,000 locations in service with more than 30,000 locations serviceable by our 14,000-route mile network. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelength and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud and voice services. FirstLight’s clientele includes national cellular providers and wireline carriers and many leading enterprises, spanning high tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments. To learn more about FirstLight, visit, or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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