Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) is set of public available standards developed by US Federal Government for using it in security devices, which need to protect the sensitive information.  FIPS Publications are issued by NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), which is a federal agency with US Dept of Commerce. 

FIPS 140-1 was first standard published in FIPS 140 series, in 1994. Later it is superseded by FIPS 140-2 std in 2001. FIPS 140-1 certification program is discontinued and all the products developed after 2001 are needed to be certified for FIPS 140-2

FIPS 140-2 is targeted for Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules. All the products which uses Cryptographic modules, should follow guidelines specified in FIPS 140-2 Std to be able to get FIPS 140-2 certification.

FIPS certification is a mandatory requirement for all the hardware and software products used in US Government agencies, all federal agencies, several European countries and Canada. FIPS is also needed for other regulated industries (healthcare and financial institutions), which store and transfer sensitive or valuable information. Specifically FIPS 140-2 certification is needed for all the products, which make use of cryptographic modules, to ensure that these modules are designed and implemented in safest manner. 

Intelligraphics’ Expertise

Intelligraphics has developed FIPS 140-2 support for Intel and Atheros WLAN Drivers. Intelligraphics disabled hardware crypto module and utilized Juniper’s FIPS Certified Crypto driver module for AES/CCMP Encryption/Decryption in software and used Juniper/Funk Odyssey Access Client (OAC) as supplicant.


Supported WLAN Adapters


•    Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200
•    Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300
•    Intel 3945/4965/5100/5300 chipsets
•    Atheros AR5005 chipsets


Features


•    WPA2 Authentication Key derivation was handled by FIPS-validated Juniper Networks Odyssey Access Client (OAC), which Incorporates a FIPS 140-2 Level 1, Certificate #569 validated (by NIST and the CSE) cryptographic module
•    All Tx/Rx data will be encrypted and decrypted using Juniper’s FIPS-validated software cryptographic driver module with AES-CCMP 

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