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August 28, 2007
AirMagnet Inc. today announced that it is the first wireless intrusion detection systems vendor to achieve Federal Information Processing Standards certification.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the FIPS 140 Publication Series to coordinate the requirements and standards for cryptographic modules, which include both hardware and software components, for use by departments and agencies of the United States federal government. As of December 2006, the standard was updated to FIPS 140-2 and, under new guidelines, achieving FIPS certification is required before a vendor can file for Common Criteria, an international standard for computer security.
AirMagnet first achieved FIPS 140 certification for its 5010 and 5012 sensors and achieved FIPS 140-2 certification for its currently shipping 5020 and 5023 sensors ahead of the deadline of Oct. 1, 2008, specified by the new guidelines. With FIPS certification now complete, AirMagnet is pursuing Common Criteria.
“The federal market has always been extremely important for AirMagnet, and as a company we’ve embraced the highest levels of certification and support for industry standards,” said Chia-Chee Kuan, CTO and founder at AirMagnet. “Our FIPS certification, and the plan for subsequent Common Criteria certification, demonstrates our commitment to government organizations that depend on secure and highly reliable WLAN solutions, like the U.S. Army and NASA. It is also relevant to enterprise and general business customers to have a product that has undergone rigorous testing and meets the highest standards for WLAN intrusion detection.”
AirMagnet Inc. www.airmagnet.com
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