Keep sensitive data secure and meet FIPS cryptography standards

FIPS 140-2 is the current version of the Federal Information Processing Standardization 140 (FIPS 140) publication, which specifies requirements for cryptography modules. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issues the FIPS 140 series to define the requirements that United States government systems and IT products should meet. FIPS 140-2 requires all federal government agencies and departments that use cryptographic-based security to meet specific standards related to encryption strength and capabilities.

FIPS 140-2 requirements apply to all government agencies that use encryption to protect sensitive data. In addition, organizations that do business with government agencies or department must also meet FIPS 140-2 security requirements when exchanging sensitive data.

Many other organizations must now meet these same standards, as FIPS 140-2 compliance is becoming an accepted best practice outside of the government sector and outside of the United States.

Meet FIPS 140-2 Requirements with PKWARE

PKWARE's encryption technology fully addresses the standards outlined in FIPS 140-2 by strongly encrypting sensitive data itself. PKWARE’s own FIPS mode setting ensures only FIPS 140-2 validated cryptography is used and eliminates the need for disruptive operating system FIPS policy settings.

PKWARE offers government agencies the ability to use validated cryptographic modules for protecting data when run in FIPS mode. Data remains protected even if placed on removable media that is lost or stolen during transit.

In FIPS mode, encryption and decryption are done using only encryption and hashing algorithms that have been validated for compliance with FIPS 140-2 security requirements for cryptographic modules by the NIST. Administrators can use the PKWARE Enterprise Manager to set defaults for all users and enforce the use of FIPS mode wherever necessary.

Implementing PKWARE

PKWARE is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing organizations to implement solutions that meet their unique data protection requirements.

PKWARE endpoint agents are installed on each device that will be used to access or store sensitive information. Agents monitor file activity and detect sensitive data as soon as it is created or saved. After detecting sensitive information, PKWARE takes action (which can include tagging, encryption, deletion, or other options) based on the organization's security policies.

PKWARE's web-based management console lets administrators create and apply encryption policies across the entire organization. In addition, PKWARE's software development kit lets organizations build strong encryption into their proprietary applications with only a few new lines of code. Organizations can also use PKWARE transparent data encryption to provide strong encryption for data at rest.

Unlike solutions that increase file sizes after encryption, PKWARE solutions include our industry-best compression technology to reduce data volumes before encryption, resulting in lower costs for data storage and transmission.

Solution Sheet

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PKWARE locks down data, helping organizations meet their compliance goals and protect their critically-important information.
  • Meet FIPS 140-2 standards for data protection and simplify reporting obligations
  • Protect sensitive information at rest, in use, and in transit
  • Improve ability to compete for government contracts
  • Eliminate the negative consequences of a data breach