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How important is NIST FIPS 140 Certification for our products that include encryption functionality?

Question asked by Eric Hibbard Employee on Jul 12, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 16, 2013 by Andrew Nielsen

The 140 series of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are U.S. Government computer security standards that specify requirements for cryptography modules. FIPS 14-2 is the current standard, which includes multiple levels of requirements that be used as the basis for product certifications; certifications are issued under the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP). The use of validated cryptographic modules is required by the United States Government for all unclassified uses of cryptography. Additional information can be found at: - Computer Security Division - Computer Security Resource Center