What is FIPS 140-2?
FIPS 140-2 is a standard with which cryptographic-based (encryption) security systems must comply when protecting sensitive data in U.S. government agencies and departments. This FIPS 140-2 standard also extends to other entities that may exchange sensitive data with the federal government, including defense contractors, state agencies, county, and city government.
Why FIPS 140-2 Matters
The purpose of the FIPS 140-2 standard is to coordinate the standards to be used by U.S. government and other regulated industries in gathering, storing, transferring, sharing, and disseminating sensitive information. It also provides an FIPS 140-2 accreditation program for private sector vendors that develop cryptographic modules that can be used in other products.
Traditional methods of sending files such as email or FTP do not meet the FIPS 140-2 standards. If your organization wants to exchange files with the federal government, it is critical that your file transmission is encrypted with a FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption module. Robust managed file transfer (MFT) solutions should offer a FIPS 140-2 compliant module if you anticipate exchanging files with government entities.
Related Reading: How Government Organizations Secure Data with MFT
How MFT Helps in Doing Business with the Government
A secure MFT solution, like GoAnywhere MFT, can also provide these additional benefits to organizations doing business with the government:
- Encrypt data using FIPS 140-2 compliant AES and Triple DES algorithms
- Authenticate all users so only intended parties can access data
- Prove compliance with audit trails and reports
- Automate and manage file transfers via a browser-based dashboard
- Centralize file transfer processes to control file access
- Streamline document workflows and administration
- Safeguard inbound ports of internal networks
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The FIPS 140-2 certified algorithms (ciphers) in GoAnywhere MFT are provided by an embedded RSA security module and apply to all SSH and SSL communications within GoAnywhere MFT including SFTP, SCP, FTPS and HTTPS protocols.
By utilizing an automated and secure file transfer solution like GoAnywhere along with FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, doing business with the public sector and other such regulated industries becomes much easier.
Related Reading: The Top 5 Reasons Why Government Agencies Need MFT
What to Look for in Managed File Transfer Solutions
If exploring how you can more securely do business and meet government security standards, check out our Buyer’s Guide for Secure Managed File Transfer.
You can also see FIPS 140-2 certified GoAnywhere MFT in action with a personalized 15-, 30-, or 60-minute demo.
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