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Secure KVM Switches

Secure KVM Switches

Protect Against Intrusion with a Secure KVM Switch

A Secure Keyboard Video Mount (KVM) switch is a device that allows a user to control multiple computers with a single keyboard, video monitor, and mouse while maintaining the highest level of security. A secure KVM is typically used in data centers or other environments where multiple computers must be controlled and managed efficiently. However, with the increasing need for cybersecurity, it has become necessary to ensure that KVM switches provide safeguarded remote control to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive information.

Secure KVM Benefits

One of the primary benefits of using a KVM switch is that it reduces the amount of equipment needed to manage multiple computers. For example, instead of having a separate keyboard, monitor, and mouse for each computer, users can switch between different computers with a single set of peripherals. This feature saves space and reduces costs.


However, KVM switches can also be a potential security risk if they are not adequately protected from unauthorized use. One of the main concerns is the possibility of a hacker gaining access to the KVM switch and using it to control all the devices connected to it, copying sensitive data, installing malware, or shutting down the entire network.

KVM Security Measures

Several security measures can be implemented to prevent these types of attacks. Some of the most important measures include:

  • Physically securing the KVM switch to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Using strong passwords and regularly changing them.
  • Enabling encryption protects data transmitted between the KVM switch and the connected computers.
  • Using an audit trail to track all user activity on the KVM.
  • Disabling any unused ports to prevent potential vulnerabilities.
  • Regularly update the KVM switch’s firmware to patch any known vulnerabilities.

How they work

The Secure KVM Desktop Switches protect your sensitive data using the latest technology. They have isolated channels to ensure data is not leaked between ports and to the outside world. The switches support unidirectional data flow from the computers to the peripherals to prevent eavesdropping attempts. Mechanical, electrical, and optical isolation prevents hacking and data leaks in critical environments. Additionally, EDID learning stops unwanted and insecure data from transmitting through DDC lines. Secure KVM Desktop Switches also use protected firmware to keep intruders from re-programming or tampering with the firmware. Internal cache wiping and chassis locks provide even more security. The Secure KVM Desktop Switches also use anti-tamper switches and tamper-evident seals to keep your data confidential.

NIAP Compliance

It’s important to note that some Secure Keyboard Video Mount (KVM) switches offered by Black Box are National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Certified. NIAP is a U.S. government organization that evaluates commercial security products against strict security standards. NIAP Certification ensures that the products meet the highest levels of security requirements and are suitable for use in government and military applications. If your organization requires NIAP Certified KVM switches, check out the options on this page.

Additional KVM Features

In addition to their security features, the KVM switches available from Black Box offer other benefits, such as:

  • High-quality video and audio capabilities.
  • Compatibility with a wide range of operating systems.
  • Scalability, allowing users to add or remove computers as needed.
  • Easy installation and setup.

KVM switches are a valuable tool for managing multiple computers, but ensuring they are safe is vital to prevent potential breaches. By implementing the measures outlined above and choosing a secure KVM switch, users can enjoy the benefits of efficient computer management without sacrificing protection.

If you want a secure KVM system for your business, contact Westward Sales to explore their range of features and benefits. Our knowledgeable team will help you choose the right system for your needs and provide guidance on ensuring the highest level of security.

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