Whitepaper

FIPS 140-2 Certification Levels: Security and Compliance Considerations

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What Does it Mean to Have Hardware-Level Certification in the Digital Age?

FIPS 140-2 certification provides vital assurance that cryptographic modules meet industry-accepted standards for protecting keys.

Digital transformation has intensified the threat landscape across all networks and devices and necessitates a new approach to security and cryptographic modules. Protection of keys in untrusted environments, crypto-agility, and real-time detection and response to potential key misuse are examples of emerging security needs that require consideration.

In this paper we explore:

  • Why software provides an even better level of security and protection than traditional hardware solutions.
  • The unique security benefits that no other FIPS level 2 or higher certified hardware module delivers.
  • Why organizations deploying cryptographic products should evaluate their practical security capabilities and align with modern IT architecture.
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