Linoma Software [now HelpSystems] has partnered with RSA Corporation to make it easier for organizations to do business with the government by adding the FIPS 140-2 Validation Encryption Module to its GoAnywhere suite of managed file transfer products. Read the press release.
Most companies at one time or another find that they need to transfer or exchange sensitive data files with the government, whether it's the IRS, the SEC, or other state or federal agencies.
Increasingly, more organizations are wanting to become vendors for the government, and for those companies, meeting the federal government's strict data security compliance standards is required before any business relationship can ensue.
That's where the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 comes in. FIPS is a U.S. government computer security standard for the accreditation of cryptographic modules.
In order for a module to receive FIPS 140-2 accreditation, it must undergo a time-consuming and rigorous testing process through a third-part laboratory that's been certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through its National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program.
Because the FIPS 140-2 accreditation process is so daunting and expensive, only a few vendors have successfully earned the esteemed designation. RSA Corporation is one of these elite vendors.
RSA is a leader in information security and sponsors the popular annual RSA Conference that attracts security professionals from all over the world. As a premier security organization, they have chosen to partner with Linoma Software [now HelpSystems] to embed their FIPS 140-2 validation encryption module into GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services.
Once a GoAnywhere customer activates the FIPS 140-2 Compliance Mode, only FIPS 140-2 compliant ciphers (e.g. AES, Triple DES) will be permitted for encryption processes. The RSA security module will be utilized for any SSH and SSL communications in GoAnywhere including SFTP, SCP, FTPS and HTTPS protocols.
For companies exploring the myriad business opportunities available with government at all levels, being prepared by incorporating FIPS 140-2 validation encryption into your data transfer processes is a key step in winning those lucrative government contracts.