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Spycos HSM Gains FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certification

Spyrus : 06 May, 2010  (New Product)
Hardware Security Module brings high grade security to a range of credentials such as smart cards and can be embedded in other systems
Spyrus has announced the Spyrus Cryptographic Operating System (Spycos) hardware security module has been granted FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certificate #1302 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Spycos hardware security module is available as an ISO 7816 smart card module with a standard interface or as a micro-sized surface mount Integrated Circuit called the Rosetta Micro.

As the first fully Suite B compliant cryptographic device in the industry, the Spycos module is the core of a broad spectrum of Spyrus security devices, including the Rosetta Micro, Rosetta Smart Cards and USB Tokens, Rosetta SD and microSD flash storage devices, and the Hydra PC series of flash memory encryption devices. This includes the Hydra PC Personal Encryption Device, the only commercially available USB encryption device approved by the NSA for protecting US Government tactical classified data at the Secret level and below when used with the approved operational security doctrine.

The Spycos module is designed for embedded environments requiring high security, where board space and power are key limitations. OEMs can take advantage of the following advanced features:

• Next generation Suite B algorithms (AES, SHA-2, ECC), the strongest commercial-off-the-shelf cryptographic algorithms available today to protect sensitive data in these embedded devices.
• Advanced RSA and Elliptic Curve Cryptography PKI functionality.
• Tamper detection
• Small size - measures less than 0.3 cm3 in volume.
• Low power requirements - draws less than 20mW of power, significantly less than competing products.

Spyrus was the first company to incorporate Suite B and stronger cryptographic algorithms into all of its hardware and software products. The Spycos security module also supports legacy algorithms such as RSA 1024/2048, 3DES, and SHA-1 for backward compatibility with existing applications. This strong security in a flexible form factor brings unprecedented assurance to mobile environments, where consumer electronic device capabilities have challenged enterprise data and communication security.

These features make products incorporating the Spycos security module ideally suited for integration into both custom and mass-market products requiring small size, low power and high security, including computers, cell phones, PDAs, routers, point of sale terminals, set top boxes and industrial control devices.

The Spycos module provides additional high security functionality such as policy enforcement features that extend next-generation data containment functionality to the platforms into which it is embedded. For example, it supports a unique split knowledge feature, which allows applications to restrict device use to authorized systems. It also has advanced tamper-prevention circuitry that erases the encryption keys if any attempt is made to tamper with the chip while it is powered on. OEMs can use the Spycos module to implement PKI-based digital certificate security for smart card authentication, e-mail encryption and digital signatures, and authenticate Internet and Cloud Computing transactions such as home banking and funds transfers. Spycos fully supports the CAPI Next Generation (CNG) capabilities of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.

"Spyrus received FIPS 140-1 Level 3 validation for the Rosetta Smart Card module in 2001 and we are pleased to achieve FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification for the latest version which is much smaller and available to OEMs in multiple form factors," said Tom Dickens, Spyrus Chief Operating Officer. "While there are several embeddable encryption modules on the market today, Spyrus believes that our strong key management and data containment functionality combined with secure made-in-USA implementation and a trusted supply chain combine to create the most advanced and trusted solution for OEMs that need to build high-assurance security products, whether they are for government or the private sector."
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