GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (3/6/09)--WESCO Net is deploying no-cost, real-time network data encryption services and automated network backup solutions to users of CU*Answers' CU*NextNET. WESCO Net, a provider of network integration and security services is based in Grand Rapids, Mich. CU*NextNET is a credit union MPLS communications network constructed with Qwest for credit unions on the CU*Answers CU*BASE platform. First deployed in 20076, WESCO Net is making end-to-end investment upgrades to include real-time encryption of sensitive member data traversing the network. Data will be protected using AES-256 encryption technology. "It's no surprise that auditors are looking with increasing scrutiny at how member data is protected," said Fred Damstra, CCNP and senior network engineer at WESCO Net. He noted that layering encryption technology on top of other controls already in place ensure privacy and integrity of member data. WESCO Net also is deploying a secure, fully automatic Internet-based virtual private network (VPN) backup solution for users of the CU*NextNET network, allowing credit unions to reduce costs by leveraging existing Internet connections to back up their main circuit. Dynamic routing protocols will automatically detect failures of the main circuit and reroute traffic over the VPN within about 15 seconds.