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All Systems Go for Validation of Updated OpenSSL Module

Sep 12, 2007, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Hoover)

"When the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) sought Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 validation for its OpenSSL toolkit last year, it was anything but smooth sailing. In fact, the whole process took so long that by the time it eventually wound its way through the validation process, it was already technically outdated. OSSI has just submitted a new OpenSSL update for FIPS validation but, according to Executive Director John Weathersby, things are bound to go much more smoothly this time around.

"FIPS validation of OpenSSL, an open source toolkit that allows programs to securely exchange data in the same fashion as proprietary versions of Secure Sockets Layer encryption, is crucial in order for governmental agencies like the Department of Defense to be able to use it to manage sensitive data..."

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