Polycom phones earn FIPS 140-2 pre-validation

The SpectraLink NetLink e340, h340 and i640 models are pre-validated for FIPS 140-2 Level 2 security and will begin shipping next month. They range in price from $449 ' $699.

Polycom's new SpectraLink wireless telephones have been placed on the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 pre-validation list.

The phones, which begin shipping this month, are available in three models ranging in price from $449 to $699. Customers can use them alone or as part of a videoconferencing system. Since they are standards-based, they can work with other products while continuing to meet the FIPS 140-2 standard.

FIPS 140-2 is a security standard the government uses to certify products that transmit sensitive but unclassified information. When a product is FIPS 140-2 certified, it means the government has accredited the cryptographic modules the product uses to encrypt transmitted information.

Pre-validation means the product has met all FIPS 140-2 requirements and is awaiting a final review by the government before it is officially certified.

Four levels of FIPS 140-2 security are available; Polycom expects the SpectraLink phones to receive a Level 2 certification, which reuires physical tamper-evidence and role-based authentication in addition to the baseline FIPS 140-2 standard.

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