AES encryption products expected soon

AES encryption products expected soon

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

APRIL 30—Products certified for the new Advanced Encryption Standard should be available almost as soon as the proposed standard receives formal approval, officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology said last week.

NIST last October selected the powerful Rijndael algorithm as the basis for the new standard, which will replace the aging Data Encryption Standard. A public comment period on the selection closes May 29, after which the secretary of Commerce is expected to approve it as a new Federal Information Processing Standard.

Companies such as RSA Security Inc. of Bedford, Mass., and Baltimore Technologies Ltd. of Dublin, plan to release commercial products using Rijndael within days of the FIPS status. Other vendors are scheduling AES evaluations at independent laboratories.

'They all want to be first,' said Edward A. Roback, chief of NIST's Computer Security Division.

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