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Corsec Helps HPE Achieve FIPS 140-2 Certification

We congratulate our partner, HP Enterprise on successfully completing the certification process for the BladeSystem c-class Virtual Connect Module under the Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2 (FIPS 140-2).  The certification underscores HPE’s commitment to providing secure and third-party …

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Ciena Corporation Achieves FIPS 140-2 Level 3

We are pleased to announce that our partner, Ciena Corporation, has successfully completed the Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) validation for their product, the 6500 4×10 Krypto Card. The certification underscores Ciena’s commitment to …

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FIPS 140-2 & Common Criteria Security Certifications

The numbers are in and with our partners help; Corsec has had one of its most successful quarters in company history! And the future looks even more promising. With the rising threat of security breaches in today’s technology landscape, the need for products that can deliver a high degree of trusted protection…

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Entropy Testing: Tips for Meeting Requirements

In the second post of our two-part series, we continue our discussion with panelists from Computer Sciences Corporation: Lachlan Turner, Jason Cunningham, and Maureen Barry. Continuing where we left off with last week’s post, we’ll dive deeper into entropy and answer some of the many questions now arising…

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Entropy for FIPS and Common Criteria: What Is It?

In the world of cryptography, data is only safe as long as the keys used to protect that data are kept secure. While, on one hand, this means that keys must be protected against unauthorized access, it also means that keys must be created in a way that makes them difficult for an attacker to guess. To produce cryptographically strong…

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Dispelling FIPS Certification Myths

There are plenty of myths out there about FIPS and what it really takes to achieve validation. During our most recent webinar, “Top 10 Myths about FIPS,” we dispelled some of those myths and gave insight into what it really means to be FIPS validated and how your company can navigate the complicated validation process because of the level of detail, time, and cost involved, there…

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Decisions In A FIPS 140-2 Validation

Trying to decide whether to perform a FIPS 140-2 validation on your product? It can actually be a pretty black and white decision. If you want to sell any product containing cryptography to any U.S. government agency or department, then the answer is clear cut: you need a FIPS validation. FIPS 140-2 validation is required for products that contain…

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FIPS Certification Process

I have recently read several online articles questioning what it means for a cryptographic module to be FIPS 140-2 validated. While the FIPS 140-2 validation process is very complicated and replete with regulations, some of the information presented in the articles themselves and the comments made by…

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CSfC and Your Product Evaluation

We have recently seen an increase in the number of clients who are asking about CSfC and how to get on the CSfC Components List maintained by the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD). CSfC is the acronym for the IAD’s Commercial Solutions for Classified program. It’s worth noting…

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The True Cost of FIPS 140-2 Validation

The benefits of getting FIPS 140-2 validation for your product shouldn’t be underestimated. Your FIPS 140-2 validation demonstrates your integrity and commitment to providing your customers with compliant security products and systems. But the validation process can be time consuming, complex and is an investment not to be taken lightly. So, while planning…

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Budgeting for Certifications: Avoid Cost Creep

Budgeting for a Common Criteria Certification can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Understanding how to create your certification budget, and taking the necessary steps to follow through with that budget, can reduce your costs and simplify the certification process. We are frequently asked, “How much does certification cost…

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What You Need to Know about FIPS 140-2, OpenSSL, and the new IG Requirement

You may have heard about the new interpretation of the mandatory requirement in Section 9.5 of the Implementation Guidance (IG) document, a key component of FIPS 140-2 documentation issued by the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP). This interpretation is causing conflicts with the architecture of the OpenSSL validations and how OpenSSL’s validation applies to customers using their software.

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Which FIPS Validation Is Right? 140-2 or 140-3?

This is a very frequently asked question, and we have been fielding questions from clients on how to deal with FIPS 140-3 for years now. But, for years the advice has uniformly been: “Don’t worry about FIPS 140-3; you only need to deal with FIPS 140-2 right now.” But that’s a very unsatisfying answer, especially when there have been folks actively proclaiming “Woe betide ye