Last month, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Communications Security Establishment of the Government of Canada jointly issued FIPS 140-2 Certificate No. 515 to PC Guardian. FIPS 140-2 is the Federal Information Processing Standard for cryptographic technology. With this certification, PC Guardianâs encryption products are approved to protect government data that is sensitive but unclassified (SBU).
Chris Thompson, Managing Director, Avanquest comments "This certification demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest-quality standards-based software solutions as part of our portfolio of products." He goes onto say "PC Guardian has invested time and resources to achieve FIPS 140-2 validation which gives additional reassurance to our customers on the security of their software products."
In addition, PC Guardian earlier obtained a number of other FIPS certificates, including: FIPS Certificate No. 154, which validated the companyâs Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm; FIPS Certificate No. 239, which validated PC Guardianâs implementation of the SHA-1 algorithm; and FIPS Certificate No. 45, which validated the companyâs Random Number Generator.
Additionally, the U.S. National Information Assurance Partnership has awarded a Common Criteria EAL1 certificate to the companyâs flagship product, Encryption Plus Hard Disk 7.0. Also, the Defence Signals Directorate, Australiaâs national authority for information security certification, has validated Encryption Plus Hard Disk 7.0 for use by government agencies.
Encryption Plus Hard Disk, which is being used to protect data on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, now is under validation testing for the even more rigorous Common Criteria EAL4 and expected to be completed in December 2005. The EAL4 validation standard is internationally recognised, and it is required by the governments and militaries of 17 nations.