Security appliance gets PKI certification

Security appliance gets PKI certification

A security gateway from a Salt Lake City company has met the Defense Department's public-key infrastructure certification requirements.

Forum Systems Inc.'s Federal Information Assurance Gateway, also known as the Sentry 1504G, is a modified version of the Forum Systems Sentry 1500 Web services security product.

The appliance passed compliance tests required by the Defense Department's Joint Interoperability Test Command's DOD-PKI program, said Walid Negm, the company's vice president for product marketing. Passing those tests means that the appliance works with Common Access Cards and other PKI-enabled systems at Defense agencies.

The DOD PKI program uses public-key cryptography and digital signatures for nonrepudiation and authentication of online transactions. JITC's Web site reports certified PKI product information.

The FIA Gateway appliance has two 2.8-GHz processors and a custom Linux kernel. Its administrative interface requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher browser versions. The integrated hardware security module was validated at Level III of Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 for cryptographic operations, Negm said. A transaction archive records all Extensible Markup Language and non-XML transactions that pass through the device.

The company will seek FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation for the entire enclosure of the FIA Gateway this year, he said.

Although the commercial version of Sentry is available as a PCI-connected device, as software or as a standalone appliance, the FIA Gateway comes as a rackmount appliance because of the strict certification requirements, Negm said. The price ranges from $20,000 to $40,000 depending on configuration.


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