FIPS 140-3: Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules

FIPS 140-3: Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules

The Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) has issued the FIPS 140-3 Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed FIPS, a set of standards and guidelines, in accordance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and approved by the Secretary of Commerce. 

An abstract from FIPS 140-3:

The selective application of technological and related procedural safeguards is an important responsibility of every federal organization in providing adequate security in its computer and telecommunication systems.   This standard is applicable to all federal agencies that use cryptographic-based security systems to protect sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems (including voice systems) as defined in Section 5131 of the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996, Public Law 104-106 and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, Public Law 107-347. 

This standard shall be used in designing and implementing cryptographic modules that federal departments and agencies operate or are operated for them under contract.  The standard provides four increasing, qualitative levels of security intended to cover a wide range of potential applications and environments.  The security requirements cover areas related to the secure design, implementation and operation of a cryptographic module.  These areas include cryptographic module specification; cryptographic module interfaces; roles, services, and authentication; software/firmware security; operating environment; physical security; non-invasive security; sensitive security parameter management; self-tests; life-cycle assurance; and mitigation of other attacks.


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