First product gets validation under FIPS 140-2

A cryptographic driver from the Finnish company F-Secure Corp. has become the first product validated under the updated Federal Information Processing Standard for cryptographic modules.

FIPS 140-2, adopted in May 2001, replaced the 140-1 standard of 1994. Agencies must use FIPS-validated products for encryption when available. Atlan Laboratories Inc. of McLean, Va., validated F-Secure for the FIPS program.

F-Secure's Kernel Mode Cryptographic Driver received a Level 1 certification. The driver module is part of the company's own security products and is licensed by other vendors. It resides in the kernel mode of Microsoft Windows NT, 2000 and XP operating systems and provides cryptographic services to other kernel mode drivers through an application programming interface.

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