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New standard for transferring time minimizes security risks

Published: May 16, 2023, 10:00 a.m. Updated: May 26, 2023, 10:08 a.m.Energy, media and the financial industry all have one thing in common, they depend on accurate and reliable time. But the traditional time via GPS is vulnerable according to the Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority (PTS). The task of establishing a new standard for the transfer of time in Sweden went to Netnod, which has now developed a new standard that is driven by a handful of atomic clocks strategically placed around the country. The rapid digitization and globalization that has taken place in our society comes with many advantages. At the same time, it brings new security risks that must be taken into account, and for authorities and companies, an accurate time indication is important to secure. – Getting the time via GPS is no longer reliable enough for many companies. The Ukraine war has pushed this issue forward and shown that the standard that many Swedish authorities and companies have used up until now can entail great risks. In order to secure time indications, Post & Telestyrelsen wanted to establish a new standard for the transmission of time in Sweden. The assignment went to us at Netnod and the new standard minimizes the security risks for Swedish companies, says Christian Lindholm, Senior Product Manager.Important to ensure accurate time indicationAttacks on satellites that disrupt the time indications can today lead to severe and costly operational disruptions for many Swedish companies and authorities and their customers. For the financial sector, for example, it can also lead to violations of Mifid 2, for the energy sector monitoring and troubleshooting can become more difficult, for the mobile operators that they cannot ensure mobile connection and for the media that sound and image are not in sync. – But it is also about making Sweden independent of external actors for the delivery of time. With time delivered via robust and secure infrastructure from local atomic clocks, Sweden is independent of possible disruptive world events, says Christian Lindholm. The new standard is powered by atomic clocks in SwedenNetnod, which is owned by a foundation, is run to deliver services that ensure a robust and functioning internet. Netnod is seen as a neutral party in the area of ​​internet infrastructure and originates from a foundation with over 25 years of history of developing and offering services around internet infrastructure. The new standard for accurate timekeeping that Netnod has developed is powered via a number of atomic clocks that are strategically placed in the country and picked up via fibres. If you are co-located at one of Netnod’s Time Direct locations, you can easily connect to the service – Simply connect to our time service directly via a cross connection and you will start getting the most accurate and robust time service in Sweden. If you are a Netnode IX customer you can connect via your existing IX port making this even more cost effective and quick to install. We are proud to be able to continue to be a driving force in issues surrounding the internet’s infrastructure and create the conditions for increased cyber security, concludes Christian Lindholm. About NetnodNetnod is a neutral and independent organization that works for a stable and secure internet. We provide critical infrastructure support, from interconnection services and Internet exchanges to DNS services, root server operation and time and frequency services. Established in 1996 and fully owned by the non-profit foundation TU -stiftelsen (Foundation for the Development of Telematics). More information is available at Netnod The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Netnod and not an article by Dagens industri

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