NIST tunes up crypto devices standard

NIST tunes up crypto devices standard

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

APRIL 16—The government's chief cryptographic devices standard, Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2, is getting a face-lift. It's the first major update to the standard since 1994.

'We're waiting for some political appointments to get the standard signed, because it is ready,' said Annabelle Lee, director of the Cryptographic Module Validation Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

FIPS 140-2 incorporates lessons learned from the current version and reflects technological changes. It also strengthens some requirements, Lee said at the RSA Conference 2001 in San Francisco earlier this month.

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