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Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are designed to ensure the security and privacy of sensitive information in federal agencies and other organizations. FIPS 140-2, one of the more widespread implementations of FIPS cryptographic controls, extends far beyond standard encryption. FIPS 140-2 certification ensures that cryptographic modules, including software and hardware, but also encryption, hashing, and digital signature algorithms, meet the highest levels of security and confidentiality. This more comprehensive and holistic approach to information security lets organizations better mitigate the risk of unauthorized access to controlled unclassified information (CUI), personally identifiable information and protected health information (PII/PHI), intellectual property, and other confidential information.

The Kiteworks Private Content Network offers FIPS 140-2 Level 1 validation, enabling out-of-the-box FIPS compliance for U.S. government agencies, contractors, and organizations in highly regulated industries. These organizations rely on FIPS 140-2 certification to ensure their critical content is encrypted securely in transit, with the proper levels of confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. By demonstrating FIPS 140-2 compliance, these organizations build trust with their customers and partners, gain a competitive advantage over their competitors, and mitigate the risk of a data breach, compliance violation, litigation, and customer loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

FIPS compliance stands for Federal Information Processing Standards compliance and it refers to the security standards required by the United States government for protecting sensitive information. This includes information related to national security as well as other sensitive and confidential data, such as personally identifiable information and protected health information (PII/PHI). FIPS compliance includes standards related to data encryption, secure hashing, digital signature algorithms, and other important aspects of data security. Adhering to FIPS compliance is necessary for any organizations that handle or store data for the U.S. government in order to ensure the safety of that information.

The requirements for achieving FIPS compliance are outlined in the FIPS 140-2 standard, which is maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This standard covers aspects such as cryptographic key lengths, type of encryption algorithms, and other security components like authenticity, integrity, and non-repudiation. Additionally, organizations must also consider aspects such as physical security, user authentication, access control, and data security.

In order to become FIPS compliant, organizations must first have their security systems and data systems evaluated by an accredited third-party testing laboratory. This evaluation should include a thorough review of all the FIPS 140-2 security requirements and is intended to ensure that the organization is implementing the right security measures to protect sensitive data. After this evaluation is complete, the organization can obtain a FIPS certification certificate to demonstrate compliance.

FIPS compliance offers organizations various benefits. By adhering to the rigorous standards established by the U.S. government, organizations can ensure that their systems are secure and can be trusted to protect confidential information. Additionally, organizations that are FIPS compliant can demonstrate their commitment to data security and can gain credibility with other organizations, customers, and government agencies that require FIPS-level security.

Organizations should actively monitor their systems for any security threats and take steps to address any security vulnerabilities that arise. Additionally, organizations should review and update their security systems regularly to ensure that they still meet the requirements of the FIPS 140-2 standard. Finally, it is also important to perform periodic audits of their FIPS compliant systems to make sure that the security measures in place are still effective and up to date.


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