January 20, 2012

FIPS 140-2 Consolidated Validation Certificates

Q:  How long does it take for a recently validated cryptographic module to appear on a FIPS 140-2 Consolidated Validation Certificate?

A:  At the end of each month, the CMVP generates a list of cryptographic modules that were issued new FIPS 140-2 certificates.  The Consolidated Validation Certificate is signed by a NIST representative in the United States and then routed to Canada for signature by a CSEC representative.  The signature and posting process takes about two weeks. 

For example, modules that received a certificate number in the month of January will appear on the FIPS 140-2 Consolidated Validation Certificate that gets posted mid-February.

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