Time Servers

Why You Need An NTP Time Server

VersaSync Master Clock

VersaSync Master Clock

A low SWaP, high performance GPS master clock and network time server that delivers accurate, software configurable time and frequency signals. VersaSync is your solution for mobile mission rugged timing.

VersaSync GPS Master Clock
White Rabbit: Sub-Nanosecond Timing

White Rabbit: Sub-Nanosecond Timing

White Rabbit is a collaborative project including CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and other partners from universities and industry to develop a fully deterministic Ethernet-based network for general purpose data transfer and sub-nanosecond accuracy time transfer.

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High Energy Physics (HEP)

High Energy Physics (HEP)

Safran HEP products ensure accurate timing in control and diagnostic systems for particle accelerators.

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PCIe Timing Boards

PCIe Timing Boards

Synchronize one or more computer- or instrument chassis-based systems to a time code, providing accurate timing, time stamps for external events, time-based interrupts, and time reference & frequency signals to other devices.

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Time Displays

Time Displays

Visualize your accurate timing by integrating with a Safran network time server.

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What Makes Network Time Synchronization Applications Secure, Reliable & Accurate

Stratum levels are used to indicate the traceability path from the atomic clocks operated by national standards organizations. These “official time clocks” are defined as stratum-0 clocks as they are the most accurate. However stratum-0 time sources can not be used on a network. Stratum-1 time sources are directly traceable to national standards. Stratum-1 timing servers get their time by direct connection to atomic clocks through GPS transmissions, long-wave radio signals such as WWV, or dial-up modem.

SecureSyncs are stratum-1 NTP server appliances that offer the accuracy, reliability and security that you need for an efficient and reliable network.

Regulation Details

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

“SOX” requires top executives of public companies to personally certify the accuracy of financial reports. Section 404 requires an organization to assess internal control systems for accuracy. Typically you need to answer the following questions: who was in what system, what they did, why they were there, and how long they were there. The accuracy of log files and time stamps is important for the network control required to ensure compliance. Accurate time synchronization of the entire IT infrastructure supports SOX compliance.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

HIPAA legislation was a wide ranging act to improve various aspects of the health care industry. In addition to ensuring portability and continuity of health insurance coverage, rules and standards have been added to ensure privacy of patient records and specifically for the security of health information. A network access control is crucial to show compliance to HIPAA. Accurate time stamps are particularly called out in the regulation as a contributing factor for appropriate access controls. Time synchronization of the network of health care providers helps ensure compliance to the HIPAA regulations.

NASD’s Order Audit Trail System (OATS)

National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) order audit trail system (OATS) requires those involved with financial exchanges to track trades to within 3 seconds of the international time standard known as UTC, including latencies.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

In an attempt to reduce identity theft, this 1999 law protects the privacy of customers of financial institutions. It is crucial that financial organizations take reasonable steps to secure the privacy of customer records from the inside and outside the network. Similar to other regulations, time synchronization of the business systems is an enabler for securing records such as customer data.

Code of Federal Regulations (FDA)

The code of federal regulations includes Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for the development, manufacture and sale of products that can affect the health and safety of the public. Specifically title 21, part 11 requires businesses in certain industries such as pharmaceutical manufacturing to employ procedures and controls to ensure the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of electronic records. To satisfy this requirement, organizations must ensure that computer generated time stamps are accurate.

Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards

PCI-DSS applies to all who store, process or transmit cardholder data. A requirement include data and time stamping with synchronized system clocks.

North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has backed NERC’s requirements for all users, owners and oeprators of the bulk-power system including mandatory cyber security standards. NERC’s Control System Working Group lists inadequate or non-existant digital forensic and audit trails as a top 10 vulnerabilty of the power grid. Top mitigation requirements include time synchronization of system logs and sequence-of-event recorders as described in Security Guideline for the Electricity Sector: Time Stamping of Operational Data Logs. Along with the benefits of new network applications, controls are required to ensure the accuracy and security of data. A NetClock time synchronization solution directly supports the mission of the network administrator.