ABB Tropos Wireless Communication Systems

Friday, June 12, 2009

Milestone Reached in FIPS Certification Process!

Tropos fixed and mobile routers as well as network management system have moved into the "Review Pending" stage of FIPS certification. What does this mean? Basically we have completed FIPS 140-2 compliance testing with an outside lab and submitted those reports to NIST for review.

Why is FIPS important? FIPS 140-2 certification is a requirement of some customers for applications where a higher level of security is dictated -- typically federal and military but the requirement is being adopted for other applications as well. To achieve such compliance requires the vendor's software comply to specific security algorithms as well as meet hardware requirements. Its no small feat but will better assure the security of the entire network.

Denise