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FIPS 140

The Federal Information Processing Standard 140 is a series of standards concerning cryptographic modules, both in hardware and software. The current version is FIPS 140-2, but a third is in development.

The latest version can be found on the NIST website

It defines a number of levels of security, that a certain module can be certified for, in short:


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Written by Jelte Jansen
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