New standard set for security

    Date28 Jun 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3219
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Commerce Department has formally approved the new standard for the minimum level of cryptography in federal security products, replacing a standard that had been in effect for seven years. With the approval June 27, security products used by agencies for . . . The Commerce Department has formally approved the new standard for the minimum level of cryptography in federal security products, replacing a standard that had been in effect for seven years. With the approval June 27, security products used by agencies for sensitive, unclassified information must be certified under the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules.

    The new FIPS 140-2 standard, which replaces the 140-1 standard from 1994, goes into effect Nov. 25.

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