Forcepoint Announces Launch of Forcepoint Data Diode to Safeguard One-Way Data Flow

Emma Taylor
September 22, 2020, 3:31 am CDT

Diodes ensure regulatory compliance with GDPR and Raise The Bar guidelines

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept 21, 2020 - Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint today announced the launch of Forcepoint Data Diode, a hardware solution that provides uni-directional data flow to enable rapid, automated data transfer while ensuring compliance with regulatory guidelines. Configurable for simplified operations and maintenance, Forcepoint Data Diodes help protect networks, devices and other digital assets from external cyber threats within a flexible, easy-to-use and cost-efficient design.

Data diodes are designed to control the flow of information between two networks with different levels of security. Diodes can also be used to connect a secured network to external systems or the cloud making them an ideal component of hybrid IT and telework environments.

Regulations such as Raise The Bar (RTB) in the U.S. and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU mandate hardware-based data separation and require a solution that provides one-directional data flow. Data diodes check this regulatory box. But while they control the direction of data transfer and also offer some security assurances, they don’t inspect the content. To address both enterprise security and information-sharing requirements, a comprehensive security posture must also incorporate cross domain guards, which ensure that only permissible data is moved—and only in the prescribed manner. Forcepoint’s Data Diodes are designed to work with Forcepoint’s Data Guards to not only prevent data from flowing in the wrong direction but also to perform deep inspection on that information. 

In the same way that airports have taken a layered approach to passenger security, Forcepoint’s security portfolio supports a defense-in-depth strategy,” said George Kamis, Chief Technology Officer for Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure at Forcepoint. “Think of Forcepoint’s firewall as comparable to the airport check-in; it provides basic verifications and checks. The cross domain guard, similar to airport security checks, provides a deeper inspection and can validate and modify information, and the diode locks down the flow of information, similar to the one-way path travelers take when departing the airport.”

To learn more about Forcepoint Data Diode and Cross Domain Solutions for U.S. government, visit:

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Forcepoint is the global cybersecurity leader for user and data protection. Forcepoint’s behavior-based solutions adapt to risk in real-time and are delivered through a converged security platform that protects network users and cloud access, prevents confidential data from leaving the corporate network, and eliminates breaches caused by insiders. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint creates safe, trusted environments for thousands of enterprise and government customers and their employees in more than 150 countries.

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