Government Security Experts Urge Whitehall To Adopt US Cryptography Standards

    Date18 Oct 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    2852
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Government's leading IT security advisors are to recommend that Whitehall departments adopt a US cryptography standard that many commercially available security products fail to meet. . . The Government's leading IT security advisors are to recommend that Whitehall departments adopt a US cryptography standard that many commercially available security products fail to meet.

    The Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) is expected to publish a policy document later this month recommending government departments only deploy equipment validated against the US FIPS-140 cryptography standard.

    The standard is mandatory in the US for cryptographic systems used for secure communications within government.

    No such mandate exists in the UK and, while the CESG is set to recommend the use of FIPS 140 validated equipment, the group cannot demand it.

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