Top Honors for IBM Security Products

The U.S. government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) added the IBM S/390 CMOS Cryptographic Coprocessor and the IBM 4758 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor to its Cryptographic Modules Validation list. Both coprocessors were awarded a Level 4 certification, the U.S. government’s highest certification for commercial security in late 1998 and early 1999, respectively. These IBM security devices are the only Cryptographic Coprocessors that have been awarded this level of validation.

Granted by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST organization, this security certification is known as the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-1. FIPS 140-1 certification requires an independent, accredited laboratory to perform rigorous testing and thorough security evaluations on behalf of NIST.

The S/390 CMOS Cryptographic Coprocessor is a specialized, hardware cryptographic chip that allows S/390 Parallel Enterprise servers to execute both symmetric key and public-key algorithms for highly secure electronic commerce. The IBM 4758 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor is a tamper-responding, programmable PCI card.