Taking on cyberthreats: Glimmerglass President & CEO Robert Lundy


Glimmerglass got its start in core optical switching and quickly evolved into a transparent intelligent optical subsystem (IOS). But in the wake of cybersecurity threats including targeted attacks like the Stuxnet virus, the company is looking at expanding the role it plays in managing optical signals and monitoring capabilities like lawful intercept. Glimmerglass recently announced software Release 7.0 for IOS supporting Simple Network Management Protocol version 3 (SNMPv3).

Robert Lundy, GlimmerglassPresident & CEO Robert Lundy spoke with FierceTelecom's managing editor Sam Bookman about Release 7.0, the company's role in securing major organizations, telcos and governments from threats to their networks, and Glimmerglass' work in 2011.

FierceTelecom: Can you give a little background on the company?

Robert Lundy: Glimmerglass is a company that pioneered the invention and creation of a core optical--what we call transparent--basically 3D-MEMS optical switch, but what's evolved into a transparent intelligent optical subsystem. And that's a business we evolved to five years ago, selling to two key customers: AMS-IX, the largest internet exchange in Europe at the time out of Amsterdam, and then shortly after that a broad deployment at Cable & Wireless. Since then we've been core in terms of prior providing capability, but it's transparent optical subsystem that really gives to ability to switch, split, multicast, amplify, do all kinds of things transparently with light. And we call it, the role it's evolved to is called optical signal management, or managing optical signals. Very clearly this ties to the story (in FierceCIO) on lawful interception or monitoring signals related to cyberthreats. Glimmerglass IOSThe company has a worldwide deployment across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and we're now very active in the Middle East. Again, primarily selling to telecommunications service providers for monitoring, or for governments or defense related to their lawful interception. We sell--I guess what's sort of a key tagline for us is we've become as a result a gold standard in the intel and defense community. Core customers for us include our intelligence communities in the U.S. and the UK, seven total countries outside the U.S. where we participate in either the intelligence community or their lawful interception.

Why? What's happening is that, as we know, the world threats in terms of (malware and) cyberthreats, that countries are recognizing the responsibilities to protect their citizens, protect their financial infrastructure, protect their power infrastructure, protect their computing infrastructure, and to do that they need to monitor at the boundaries of the country and at major points of presence within the country. So at their undersea landing locations, their major points of presence, on a selective basis they need to acquire and monitor those optical signals. And we are the gold standard in terms of utilization to do that.

And that's why this release is important, (why it) fits into that community. As a company we've evolved really from just not only selling these transparent optical subsystems but giving them powerful management tools and working to deliver path management networking software. So we've become more of an optical signal networking management company. Again, starting from a core optical switch invented/created here that's really only one of two in the world in terms of core capable technologies.

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