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.

Featured

  • business meeting (Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com)

    Civic tech volunteers help states with legacy systems

    As COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities in state and local government IT systems, the newly formed U.S. Digital Response stepped in to help. Its successes offer insight into existing barriers and the future of the civic tech movement.

  • data analytics (Shutterstock.com)

    More visible data helps drive DOD decision-making

    CDOs in the Defense Department are opening up their data to take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools that help surface insights and improve decision-making.

Stay Connected