Inside Secure has announced that its SafeZone encryption toolkit has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The certification expands the company’s portfolio of FIPS-certified hardware security modules and secure microcontrollers to include software offerings for securing data in transit over SSL/DTLS and IPSEC, as well as data at rest on Android devices. With these additional FIPS-certified offerings, it delivers OEMs and application developers even greater ability to secure appliances, applications, mobile devices and servers in accordance with stricter government security requirements. ‘Security is now a basic requirement for every device and at every point where data is touched, stored or transmitted. Even beyond government-mandated applications, many industries in the commercial sector are adopting FIPS because it has become a globally recognised standard for security,’ stated Simon Blake-Wilson, executive vice president for embedded security solutions at Inside Secure. ‘Using software development tools that incorporate this pre-validated module, manufacturers can meet current and future security requirements, avoid the lengthy and expensive FIPS validation process, stay focused on their core competency and get their products to market more quickly.’ The enhancements are claimed to illustrate how the recent Embedded Security Systems acquisition is supporting the company’s strategy to provide customers with an assortment of hardware- and software-based security solutions. FIPS 140-2 is a globally recognised US government security standard for securing commercial, government and defence applications. US and Canadian government telecommunications systems already are required to use FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic modules to secure data. As more industries are categorised as critical infrastructure and become targets of cyber-attacks, their applications, devices and communications networks will also be required to meet these stricter government mandates and recognised standards. Recent directives in the US and Europe seek to expand this requirement to more industries including finance, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, communications and other utilities.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.