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FIPS Certification for Cellcrypt

Cellcrypt : 21 May, 2010  (New Product)
Secure voice calling provider gains FIPS certification for the Cellcrypt cryptographic module
Cellcrypt has announced that its cryptographic module (Ccore) has been granted Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification (#1310) by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Ccore is used in a range of Cellcrypt products including mobile phone and gateway applications.

This certificate provides assurance that Cellcrypt's cell phone voice calling security is of the highest standard, and allows many organisations and government departments to select Cellcrypt products with the confidence that they meet the purchasing requirement of being FIPS 140-2 certified.

Federal Information Processing Standards are developed by the United States Federal government for use by government agencies and by government contractors. They are used also widely by other entities such as Financial Services organisations globally. FIPS 140-2 covers the secure design and implementation of a cryptographic module, including roles, services and authentication; physical security; operational environment; cryptographic key management; electromagnetic interference/electromagnetic compatibility; self-tests; design assurance; and mitigation of other attacks.

This certification is part of Cellcrypt's policy of transparency in its use of cryptography backed up by independent scrutiny, and is just one of several national certification applications that are in progress with leading governments worldwide.

"When evaluating information security products, certification by a respected, independent standards organization is an important affirmation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is one of the leading bodies in this arena," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute. "There is a lot of innovation taking place in security resulting in a lot of new products in the market. Using a NIST certification as a means of qualifying available products is a prudent approach."

"This certification is a further validation of Cellcrypt's leading position in the rapidly growing voice security market," said Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO at Cellcrypt, "It comes soon after our Finalist award in the category of "Best Encryption Product' in the SC Magazine Awards competition, the only voice security product to be honoured in this way."

Cellcrypt provides encrypted voice calls on mobile phones such as BlackBerry® and Nokia smartphones delivering government-grade security in an easy-to-use application that makes highly secure calling as easy as a normal phone call. Utilising the IP data channel it supports all major wireless networks including 2G (GPRS/ EDGE), 3G (HSPA, CDMA/EV-DO), Wi-Fi® and satellite. It also enables secure mobile phone calls to office phone systems to call landlines as well as access PBX features such as voicemail, conference calling and calling out to the public phone network.
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