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INSIDE Secure VaultIC security modules receive FIPS certification

September 2012 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

INSIDE Secure announced that three members of its high-performance VaultIC(TM) family of hardware security modules have been awarded FIPS140-2 Security Level III (2011) certification: VaultIC 420, 440 and 460.

The VaultIC 420, 440 and 460 security modules include high-performance implementations of the most advanced cryptographic standards, including AES, 3DES-EDE and 3DES-EEE, PKCS no.1 v2.1 RSAES-OAEP and RSAES-PKCS1 v1.5. Digital signature services include PKCS no.1 v2.1 RSASSA-PSS and RSASSA-PKCS1 v1.5, FIPS 186-2 DSA and ECDSA and ANSI X9.62 over ECC. Message authentication codes include ISO/IEC 9797-1 MAC with DES/3DES, NIST SP 800-38B AES CMAC and FIPS 198 HMAC with SHA1 to 512. ISO/IEC 9798-2, FIPS 196 and Microsoft card minidriver strong challenge-response authentication is provided, as well as global platform v2.2 (SCP02 secure channel using 3DES and SCP03 using AES) secure communication channel with MAC and encryption. A variety of secure file management features are also included.

The VaultIC 420, 440 and 460 security modules share a common tamper-resistant hardware platform, including a high-performance 8-/16-bit secure RISC CPU, hardware random number generator, hardware 3DES crypto-accelerator, hardware AES crypto-accelerator and hardware 32-bit public key crypto-accelerator. The chips feature 32, 64 and 128 Kbyte EEPROM capacities respectively, a real-time clock and include a full speed certified, CCID-compliant USB 2.0 interface, high-speed slave serial peripheral interface (SPI), inter-integrated circuit (I2C) interface, ISO/IEC 7816 standard UART and ten GPIOs for the greatest flexibility in connecting the VaultIC to applications. Available in industry standard SOIC and QFN packages, these VaultIC tamper resistant modules offer the fast, easy integration of advanced security into any product.

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