Single-chip encryption engine certified to most stringent non-military security level

Single-chip encryption engine certified to most stringent non-military security level

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By eeNews Europe

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 is a U.S. Government standard that specifies requirements for cryptographic modules. Initially developed for use by US Government departments and agencies, FIPS 140-2 is fast becoming a de facto standard, both nationally and internationally, and is the model for the International Security Standard ISO 19790 currently being developed.

The growing importance of these standards is said to be due to the increasing damage individuals and businesses suffer as a result of the loss and disclosure of sensitive and confidential information. In addition, a proliferation of new laws around the world require enhanced security and privacy while raising the legal and financial stakes for enterprises that fail to meet the standards.

“HardCache-SL3/PC sets a new reference level for the industry by providing a solution certified by NIST for its highest non-military level of security, that is accessible to a broader audience, thanks to its affordable cost,” said Francesco Brianti,Vice President Open Market Business Unit.  

Until now, the cost of complying with Level 3 was so high that very few computer and data storage manufacturers could afford it. As a result, most “secure computers” employed software solutions that could not go beyond Level 2 but worse, also slowed the performance of the computer.

The HardCache-SL3/PC is said to eliminate these problems because the hard-wired encryption engine embedded within the chip performs all of the encryption and decryption algorithms that are needed each time the system retrieves data stored from the memory to the central processor with no impact to performance. The HardCache-SL3/PC is fully supported by software drivers and a development kit to lower the cost of developing new secure applications.

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