Nivis obtains FIPS-197 Security Certification

  • April 21, 2011
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April 21, 2011 — Nivis announced that the cryptographic algorithms used in its VersaNode and VersaRouter industrial wireless products have been certified to conform to the specifications described in NIST’s FIPS-197 publication. To demonstrate conformance, Nivis’s products passed a series of in-depth tests as specified by the Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP), a program established by NIST and executed by third-party laboratories. While FIPS-197 validation focuses on the AES algorithm, Nivis went beyond the standard set of tests to also include validation for the CCM mode of operation. CCM provides for authentication and encryption and is identified by the IEEE 802.15.4 physical layer specification used by lowpower and lossy industrial wireless networks. “Nivis has certified all of the encryption algorithms associated with our IEEE 802.15.4 radio hardware, resulting in a level of security assurance for our customers that is unmatched in the industry,” said Scott Johnson, Vice President of Product Management, Nivis. “For customers using Nivis products, this means we provide greater assurance of a secure wireless infrastructure, which is critical for business communications in all industrial environments.”

“By requiring FIPS-197 certified products from our suppliers, Yokogawa is demonstrating the commitment we make to our customers to provide them with the highest level of quality and security for their industrial wireless solutions,” said Hitoshi Yasui, Department General Manager for Wireless Solutions for Yokogawa Corporation.“FIPS-197 certification validates the effectiveness of the cryptography used in the Nivis radio which is used in Yokogawa’s ISA100.11a-based gateway and sensor products.” About FIPS Publications, CAVP, and FIPS-197 FIPS publications are publicly announced standards that describe document processing, standard algorithms for searching, and standards for security algorithms used to protect government networks. The Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP), headed by NIST, provides algorithm testing to validate conformance to the FIPS-197 publication, which applies to implementations of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Validation by the CAVP provides stringent third-party assurance of security claims on any product containing the applicable cryptography algorithms. The FIPS-197 publication can be retrieved from the NIST website. About Nivis Founded in 1998, Nivis has evolved from a developer of proprietary wireless solutions to a respected leader and promoter of open wireless standards, including ISA100.11a, WirelessHART, 6LoWPAN, and RoLL. Nivis serves customers worldwide from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and its European offices in Bucharest, Romania, Cluj, Romania and Ghent, Belgium.  

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