There is no known protection that handles all strikes. Some are taken aback by such a statement but the more you do the more you know that you can't afford what it takes to survive a direct hit.
About the cable. Since it's inside the pipe, why do you think it needs an outdoor use rating? If it was for outdoor use, why put it in a pipe?
I do some volunteer work in a school and one job has been to run Cat5e throughout the building and to a patch panel in a network cabinet. The school wants to run Ethernet to an auxiliary classroom in a building about 50' from the main structure. Distance won't be a problem. The primary purpose of the new cable will be to accommodate the new VOIP phone system which uses the school's network. I can't do the outdoor work so the phone company will do that wiring. I suggested that the cable should be a direct burial type but run through PVC conduit for extra protection. However, the decision was to go aerial due to costs. I asked to see the wire they were going to use as it needs to be "CMX" UV protected. Though it does seem to have a "messenger wire", I saw nothing on the box or on the cable to designate a UV rating. I maintain the network cabinet and equipment in it. The school has already suffered lightening damage to network equipment when a strike occurred to a (thankfully, now departed) satellite dish. The wiring from the dish was routed into the same room as the network cabinet but was not electrically connected. It was several inches away but arced to the metal frame taking out several pieces of hardware including NICs in two PCs. Unfortunately, I don't have a choice in how this is being done but will need to terminate at the patch panel.
Here are my questions:
What should I look for on the cable that would designate it as proper for outdoor use?
What, if any, surge protector types should I be looking into?
Some reading suggests surge protectors should be installed at building entrances regardless of whether cable is aerial or buried. I see some for about 80 bucks from Surgegate or some such. I don't want the school to go cheap here because I'm not rebuilding that cabinet if it smokes again. TIA and sorry for the long post