Monday, January 30, 2012

Uplogix completes FIPS 140-2 certification process

The code was validated, the hardware inspected, and the paperwork completed months ago. Now Uplogix has the final approval for the FIPS 140-2 Certification. No longer are the Uplogix 430 and 3200 Local Managers "In Process" with NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) for accreditation of cryptographic modules for secure communication on government computing platforms. They are fully compliant.

Want to know more about the differences between a standard Uplogix Local Manager and the FIPS-compliant versions? Read this blog entry: The Uplogix Platform & FIPS 140-2 Compliance.

Here are the details from the certificate of compliance:


The National Institute of Standards and Technology, as the United States FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module Validation Authority; and the Communications Security Establishment, as the Canadian FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module Validation Authority; hereby validate the FIPS 140-2 testing results of the Cryptographic Module identified as:

Uplogix 430 and 3200 by Uplogix, Inc. 

(When operated in FIPS mode and with the tamper evident seals installed as indicated in the Security Policy)

in accordance with the Derived Test Requirements for FIPS 140-2, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules. FIPS 140-2 specifies the security requirements that are to be satisfied by a cryptographic module utilized within a security system protecting Sensitive Information (United States) or Protected Information (Canada) within computer and telecommunications systems (including voice systems).

Products which use the above identified cryptographic module may be labeled as complying with the requirements of FIPS 140-2 so long as the product, throughout its life cycle, continues to use the validated version of the cryptographic module as specified in this certificate. The validation report contains additional details concerning test results. No reliability test has been performed and no warranty of the products by both agencies is either expressed or implied.

FIPS 140-2 provides four increasing, qualitative levels of security: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4. These levels are intended to cover the wide range and potential applications and environments in which cryptographic modules may be employed. The security requirements cover eleven areas related to the secure design and implementation of a cryptographic module. The scope of conformance achieved by the cryptographic modules as tested in the product identified as:

Uplogix 430 and 3200 by Uplogix, Inc.
(Hardware Version: 43-1002-50, 43-1102-50, 37-0326-03, 37-0326-04; Firmware Version: 4.3.5.19979; Hardware)

and tested by the Cryptographic Module Testing accredited laboratory: SAIC CSTL, NVLAP Lab Code 200492-0 CRYPTIK Version 8.6c is as follows:
Cryptographic Module Specification
Level  2
Cryptographic Module Ports and Interfaces
Level  2
Roles, Services, and Authentication
Level  3
Finite State Model
Level  2
Physical Security
Level  2
Cryptographic Key Management
(Multi-Chip Standalone)
Level  2
EMI/EMC
Level  2
Self-Tests
Level  2
Design Assurance
Level  2