Handheld development tool gets FIPS nod

A developer toolkit created by Certicom Corp. has been validated for use with Palm OS 4.1 under the Federal Information Processing Standard required for federal use of cryptographic modules.

The Mississauga, Ontario, company created Security Builder GSE, which earned the FIPS 140-2 certification, for the government market. The validation also is recognized by the Canadian Communication Security Establishment.

The toolkit in June received FIPS validation for use with Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows CE. The certifications let developers use a common application programming interface to embed cryptography in applications for a variety of desktop and handheld platforms.

Security Builder GSE includes standard cryptographic algorithms, including the Data Encryption Standard, Triple DES, the Advanced Encryption Standard, SHA-1, RSA public key and Elliptic Curve Cryptography.

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