Protecting Critical Infrastructure with Wireless Broadband

By    December 2, 2013

In the United States, President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated sixteen industries as Critical Infrastructure important to the health and well-being of all citizens. Critical Infrastructure industries cover the production and distribution of food, water and energy as well as the communications networks that we use to share information. November was designated by DHS as National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience month and the DHS continues to publish information about critical infrastructure and provide guidance about what organizations and individual citizens can do to play their part in protecting these assets.  These same critical infrastructure concepts and priorities are being put in place globally as well. To learn more about these initiatives go to the DHS website at:

Wireless Broadband has a major role to play in securing critical infrastructure.   Here are four examples. 

1.       Video surveillance and remote sensing – Wireless broadband allows organizations to place cameras where they are needed, not just where there is a fiber cable or copper wire available.  

2.       Centralized control – By providing more broadband capacity deeper and wider in large-scale operations, security organizations can deploy applications such as centralized gate access security and remote Internet access allowing remote security personnel and other field employees access to latest information and alerts with more detail. 

3.       Backup connectivity – Wireless broadband can be deployed as a resilient private network backup to wire-line communications.  If an emergency situation arises that causes the public network to be out of service or fiber and wire networks to fail, a wireless broadband connection can serve as an instant-on backup network to keep important communications flowing. 

4.       Disaster recovery – In the case of a severe outage or disaster situation, wireless broadband networks can be rapidly deployed by first responder and disaster recovery specialists to provide voice, video and data communications within hours of identifying the need.

Cambium Networks brings a unique set of capabilities to support these initiatives with a broad range of wireless broadband point to point (PTP) backhaul and point to multipoint (PMP) access solutions.  The systems are rapidly deployable and bring tens to hundreds of Mbps to all of the important applications described above.   Cambium has products in sub-6GHz unlicensed and lightly licensed bands, the 4GHz NTIA and NATO Band IV spectrum as well as licensed microwave solutions from 6 to 38GHz.   And with our PTP 600 and PTP 800 products, Cambium delivers FIPS 140-2 validated solutions to meet Federal Government encryption security requirements.

To learn more about how Cambium Networks is helping Protect Critical Infrastructure, visit our website at: or attend our Webinar “Securing Critical Infrastructure”  on Thursday, December 5th at 9AM CST.  Click here to register.