About the Federal Information Processing Standard
Critical for non-military government agencies, government contractors and vendors who work with government agencies, the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 (FIPS 140-1) and its successor FIPS 140-2 are United States government requirements that describe IT standards for document processing, encryption algorithms and more.
Ensure Your Access to Government Markets with Concerto
In the U.S., requirements for government security are regulated by Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) publications, which are developed by the National Institute of Standards for Technology (NIST). The NIST develops FIPS when there are compelling federal government requirements for security and interoperability and there are no acceptable industry standards or solutions.
Considered a benchmark for security in government, FIPS validation assures users that a given technology has passed rigorous testing under either the CAVP (Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program) or CMVP (Cryptographic Module Validation Program) by an accredited third-party lab and can be used to secure sensitive information.
The Importance of FIPS 140-2
By far the most important to the government market is FIPS 140-2, because this validation is required for the sale of products implementing cryptography to the federal government. If you don't have FIPS 140-2 validation for your product, or can't demonstrate that you are in the process of obtaining it, you will not be able to access the government market with your products.
Concerto Cloud Services provides cloud environments certified for FIPS Standard 140-2, along with managed services for the 11 areas for a cryptographic module used inside a security system that protects information.