What is FIPS?
FIPS stands for Federal Information Processing Standards. It is a set of standards and guidelines developed by the United States government for various aspects of information technology and computer security. FIPS standards are designed to ensure the security and interoperability of computer systems and networks used by the U.S. federal government and its contractors.
FIPS covers a wide range of topics, including encryption algorithms, security protocols, data formats, and more. Some of the most well-known FIPS standards include:
- FIPS 140-2: This standard specifies the security requirements for cryptographic modules, including hardware security modules (HSMs) and software-based encryption solutions. It provides assurance that cryptographic components are designed and implemented in a secure manner.
- FIPS 197: This standard defines the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a widely used symmetric-key encryption algorithm.
- FIPS 199: This standard establishes security categorization for federal information systems based on the potential impact of a security breach.
- FIPS 200: This standard provides minimum security requirements for federal information systems.
- FIPS 201: This standard specifies requirements for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards, which are used for authentication and access control by federal employees and contractors.
These standards are important in the context of government information security, and compliance with FIPS standards is often a requirement for organizations doing business with or providing services to the U.S. federal government. FIPS standards are issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) within the U.S. Department of Commerce.
InstaSafe comply with FIPS 140-2
InstaSafe is compliant with all security requirement as per FIPS 140-2 guidelines. All cryptographic module are designed and implemented as per FIPS 140-2 standards.
Kindly note InstaSafe technically complies with all the requirement set by FIPS and these are not audited by any third party vendor.