INSIDE Secure's SafeZone encryption toolkit, a key sub-component of the company’s embedded security software products, has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The certification expands the company’s portfolio of FIPS-certified hardware security modules and secure microcontrollers to include software offerings for securing data in transit over SSL/DTLS and IPSEC, as well as data at rest on Android devices. With these additional FIPS-certified offerings, INSIDE now gives OEMs and application developers even greater ability to secure appliances, applications, mobile devices and servers in accordance with stricter government security requirements.
FIPS 140-2 is a globally recognized U.S. government security standard for securing commercial, government and defense applications. U.S and Canadian government telecommunications systems already are required to use FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic modules to secure data. As more industries are categorized as critical infrastructure and become targets of cyberattacks, their applications, devices and communications networks will also be required to meet these stricter government mandates and recognized standards. Recent directives in the U.S. and Europe seek to expand this requirement to more industries—including finance, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, communications and other utilities—all of which are considered so vital that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating effect on economic security or public health and safety.