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DESlock+ undergoes FIPS validation testing

Data Encryption Systems (DES) : 07 December, 2009  (New Product)
NIST has accepted DESlock+ from Data Encryption Systems onto the in-process list for FIPS 140-2 validation
Data Encryption Systems (DES), a UK-based supplier of software copyright protection, data encryption, secure messaging and data storage solutions, has progressed to the prestigious In-Process List for the FIPS 140-2 (Federal Processing Standards Publication) Validation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This standard is the number one mark of recognition for IT solutions which exceed industry and regulatory standards in the USA and marks months of investment and commitment to establish DESlock+ amongst leading global security solutions.

DESlock+ has been placed on the In-Process list for the FIPS 140-2 (Federal Processing Standards Publication) Validation by NIST in the US and by the Communications Security Establishment in Canada. FIPS 140-2 validation is required for any cryptographic product which will be used in a US government agency. DES already has a wide spread user base and gaining this certification will enable them to penetrate a whole new market.

David Tomlinson, Managing Director for DES, comments: "It is important for us to extend the certification of DES internationally. As a CCTM accredited product DESlock+ can already be used within the UK public sector, Central Government and the MoD and so the next natural step for us is to achieve recognition in the US. Working with NIST shows our customers that we are prepared to put our products through rigorous testing in order to prove to third party organisations that our solutions meet the highest possible criteria which exceed industry and regulatory requirements."

DESlock+ was the first product to achieve CCTM under CESG and since then DES have been keen to further add to its accreditation. Historically DES has strived to achieve and surpass industry standards and they were the first in their sector to gain ISO9001 approval over 14 years ago. Today achieving FIPS certification requires significant time and resources.

Being placed on the Cryptographic Module Validation Program Modules in Process List for FIPS 140-2 means that DESlock+ has already been validated by NIST as conforming under FIPS 197 for Triple DES, AES, SHA and RNG algorithms.

David Tomlinson adds: "This process shows we are committed to investing in validating our products and to proving we are serious players in the security industry. The FIPS certification will benefit every customer as it will add status to their security systems knowing that their data encryption solution has reached a prestigious international benchmark. Ultimately this proves to their clients that the risk of their data being compromised has been assessed as minimal by one of the most stringent test of all. We are excited by what FIPS 140-2 will bring for DES."

DESlock+ helps organisations to protect against all types of data breach by offering simple, yet extremely powerful, encryption of documents, folders, disks and removable storage media, and computer systems - the potential for the product in America is enormous and the pending certification reinforces DES' commitment to safeguarding sensitive data. The United States Federal Government is required to only purchase cryptographic products which are validated to the FIPS 140-2 standard and so once this accreditation is formalised, it will be a landmark achievement.
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