At a time when new technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing offer both opportunities and threats, FIPS 140-2 has an important role to play in enhancing cybersecurity.
While this cybersecurity standard is employed by the U.S. and Canadian governments, anyone can adopt it. This article describes the purpose of this standard, as well as important use cases and recommend FIPS-validated products that can support your needs.
FIPS stands for “Federal Information Processing Standards,” and 140-2 is the current version in place. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the standard to help protect sensitive government information from hackers. FIPS 140-2 covers all cryptographic hardware, software and firmware that implements approved security functions.
In other words, for cryptographic modules to comply, they must integrate the features outlined in the standard. Therefore, if your cryptographic modules do not meet validation requirements, you cannot sell your solutions to the government. If you’re wondering what these requirements look like, here’s a brief overview.
FIPS 140-2 has 4 increasing security levels, which you can read about in our FIPS 140-2 Technical Brief.
Ensuring that cryptographic modules (hardware and software) handling communications and data adhere to the FIPS 140-2 standard helps government agencies and government contractors alike conform to a standard framework for protecting data, operations, and assets against cyberthreats. In addition to the required government applications, other use cases include critical infrastructure, manufacturing, transportation and more. In the following section, we will dig into some use cases in government and beyond.
The benefits of FIPS 140-2 compliance cannot be understated, as every organization today must bolster its cybersecurity in the face of the increasing sophistication of hackers. FIPS 140-2 dramatically reduces the attack profile of organizations that handle everything from consumer data to financial transactions
Although working within or as a vendor for the federal government means complying with FIPS 140-2 requirements, any organization that needs a robust level of cybersecurity protection can adopt the standard. That’s where Digi can help. Since 1985, Digi has been pioneering wireless communication. Today, Digi provides everything from sensor-based solutions and a sophisticated remote monitoring platform to full-service professional design, implementation and certification teams. When it comes to cybersecurity, we’ve got you covered.
Digi solutions support FIPS 140–2 on the entire suite of devices based on the Digi Accelerated Linux operating system (DAL OS). See the full list on our FIPS 140-2 technology page.
Encryption is easy to implement. Digi Remote Manager, Digi's cloud-based solution for monitoring and managing devices, enables a simple process for keeping devices up-to-date. Simply upgrade your firmware and turn on FIPS. That’s it. Don’t get stuck with expensive and complicated solutions. Digi’s approach means your systems receive regular updates easily and at no extra cost.