Certes Networks

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Certes Networks
Type Private
Industry Information security
Founded Raleigh, NC USA 2000 (2000)
Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA
Products Network Encryption [1]
Employees 45 (2009)
Website www.certesnetworks.com

Certes Networks, formerly CipherOptics, Inc. is a Pittsburgh based information security company, notable as one of the leaders in policy and key management for network encryption technology.[2]

The company's products are used in wide-area networks,[3] metro-area networks, data centers, and wireless networks. Certes Networks' customers include Fortune-100 and multi-national corporations, government agencies,[4] financial institutions, and utilities.


Certes Networks was founded by Michael Doss and Dennis Toothman in 2000. Originally funded from a Lucent Technologies grant, the company’s initial focus was on encrypting high-speed fiber optic links. Through the 2000s the company expanded its offering to other Layer 2 (Ethernet) and Layer 3 (IP) technologies. In 2006 the company released the CipherEngine solution, the industry’s first purpose built policy and key manager for network-wide encryption. In 2009 Certes Networks added the ability to support Layer 4 (TCP/UDP), allowing service providers to secure data while preserving netflow and traffic shaping capabilities.


  • 2000: Certes Networks founded
  • 2002: Certes Networks releases industry’s first Gigabit-rate Ethernet encryption appliance
  • 2006: Certes Networks releases CipherEngine
  • 2010: Certes Networks announced the release of the industry's first Variable Speed Encryptors


  • Named Gartner Cool Vendor in Infrastructure Protection, 2009, for CipherEngine[5]


  1. ^ "CipherOptics, Inc.: Private Company Information - BusinessWeek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "AT&T rolling out dynamic IPSec offering". Network World. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Download Library » Network Security 2.0". The Lippis Report. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Data Voice Solutions | Commonwealth of Massachusetts Picks Certes Networks Solution | Network". Data-voice-solutions.tmcnet.com. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  5. ^ Cool Vendors in Infrastructure Protection, 2009

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