IronKey gets FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validation
The IronKey secure USB device has gained full FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Security Validation, demonstrating that the IronKey meets the secure design and implementation criteria for use by U.S. and Canadian Governments. IronKey received a FIPS product-level validation that covers security features of the entire device. This is a more comprehensive validation than the typical component-level validation which only covers the cryptographic module.
FIPS 140-2 validation is the benchmark for security within government departments and agencies. Government purchasing agents must purchase products validated for FIPS 140-2 in preference to non-validated products. To achieve validation, the IronKey underwent stringent testing by an accredited independent lab, earning the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 certificate Number 938 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Canadian Communication Security Establishment (CSE).
FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation for the IronKey means customers can be assured that cryptographic algorithms, physical security, authentication, roles, interfaces, services, key management, and self-testing within the device meet government requirements. FIPS certification also benefits IronKey resellers focused on the government market, enabling them to deliver products that have been fully approved for use in these environments.