Secure Mobile Access 12.4 Administration Guide

FIPS Certification

This section describes configuring your SMA appliance to use FIPS mode.

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Level 2 is a validation standard for evaluating cryptographic modules, and includes stringent reviews of source code, algorithms, physical security, and operational testing on cryptographic security products. The United States Federal Government is required to purchase cryptographic products validated to the FIPS 140-2 standard. In the international marketplace, ISO19790 is being adopted as a standard and is a direct adaptation of FIPS 140-2.

The SonicWall SMA 7210,6210, and 8200v appliances are submitted for FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the United States FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module Validation Authority) and CSE (the Communications Security Establishment, the Canadian FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module Authority).

The FIPS certification for SMA1000 v12.4 is in-process.

FIPS mode is transparent to end users. Internally, FIPS mode enforces secure communication and system integrity.

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