April 14, 2011

CMVP on pace with last year's FIPS 140-2 validations

During the first quarter of 2011, the CMVP issued 53 new FIPS 140-2 certificates.  If we use simple math to predict the number of new FIPS certificates for 2011 we get 212 (there were 229 new certs last year).

InfoGard is 13% ahead of our record year (2010) after the first quarter.  I am predicting that the CMVP will be very close to equaling the number of new FIPS certificates this year.  The chart below shows the breakdown by Laboratory for 2011 (through April 12, 2011 there are 57 new FIPS certs).  The number under the Lab name is the number of certificates for 2011.

April 8, 2011

US government shut down will close NIST CMVP

NIST CMVP will be closed if the US Federal government is shut down on April 12th.  Any work requiring NIST CMVP involvement will be delayed until the US government executes a resolution to the budget.  A shut down will impact all FIPS 140-2 validations, revalidations, maintenance letters, and algorithm testing.

InfoGard and other FIPS laboratories will remain open.  Lab testing services that do not require NIST CMVP involvement will continue.

If a shut down does occur, I expect that the CMVP's recent excellent review times to be significantly impacted.

April 4, 2011

InfoGard is hiring: Security Engineer

InfoGard Laboratories is looking for a talented Security Engineer with great character traits and innate capabilities. Please visit the job description for details.