Corsec Helps Provide a Path to Successful FIPS 140-2 Certification, Opening Government, Military and Secure Commercial Networks Markets for IT Security Products
Fairfax, VA, September 10, 2014 – Corsec, the world’s leading validation solutions provider, today announced that its client, Comtech EF Data Corp., a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL), has achieved FIPS 140-2 validation for its Unified Cryptography Module.
With the rising threat of security breaches in today’s technology landscape, the need for products that can deliver a high degree of trusted protection has been amplified. The United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) created the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) as a standard for systems that process sensitive, but unclassified (SBU) information, to address that need. FIPS 140-2 defines the security requirements for hardware, software, or firmware that use cryptography.
The Unified Crypto Module is the transmission security (TRANSEC) module used in Comtech EF Data’s SLM-5650A Satellite Modem and the DMD2050E Satellite Modem, which were designed for government, military and secure commercial network use. These modems enable satellite communication users to minimize satellite bandwidth, maximize throughput and availability without using additional transponder resources, and allow for the use of a smaller BUC/HPA and/or antenna. The SLM-5650A and DMD2050E modems are commonly used for communications at-the-pause, communications on-the-move, rugged environments, and secure networks. The modems provide unrivaled reliability, performance, interoperability and ease of use.
Mark Dale, Vice President of Product Management for Comtech EF Data commented, “Corsec is committed to supporting the U.S. Government’s security requirements. Their support in enabling FIPS-140-2 validation of our Unified Cryptography Module is a good example of this commitment.”
The validation process is long and complex and typically takes more than a year to complete, and is required for any cryptographic product being sold to the U.S. government. Corsec guides clients through the security validations process, navigating regulations and documentation to increase revenue and ensure faster return on investment for its clients.
“Achieving FIPS 140-2 validation takes tremendous dedication and perseverance,” said Matthew Appler, CEO and co-founder, Corsec Security, Inc. “We are proud to be partners with industry-leading clients like Comtech EF Data that show such great commitment to pursuing and achieving this critical security certification.”
Corsec offers various levels of service to guide client products through the rigorous FIPS 140-2 validation process — from its baseline core solution for those companies who are seeking guidance with documentation only, to its complete turnkey solution for those who want to outsource every level of service, including algorithm testing and enterprise lab services.
These Comtech EF Data modems were designed to facilitate secure conversations when and where they matter most. Through the company’s continued successful partnership with Corsec, these important modules can now be used to securely facilitate critical U.S. military communications.
Corsec is the global leader in providing access to new markets via IT security validations. With the largest staff of experts in the industry and a comprehensive solution that spans consulting, documentation, testing, managed lab services, and strategic product roadmap planning, Corsec has secured more than 350 FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria and DoDIN APL certifications for hundreds of organizations on five continents over the last 15 years. For more information, visit www.corsec.com.
About Comtech EF Data Corp.
Comtech EF Data Corp. is the recognized global leader in satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization. The advanced communication solutions encompass the Advanced VSAT Solutions, Satellite Modems, RAN & WAN Optimization, Network & Bandwidth Management and RF products. The Company is recognized as a technology innovator, and has a reputation for exceptional product quality and reliability. The solutions enable commercial and government users to reduce OPEX/CAPEX and to increase throughput for fixed and mobile/transportable satellite-based applications. For more information, visit www.comtechefdata.com.