FIPS 140-2 for Newbies

Here is a collection of links to information about FIPS 140-2:


A software engineer’s guide to encryption: How not to fail (written by Luther Martin of HPE) provides a good overview of the importance of FIPS 140-2.


The FIPS 140-2 Publication has some good introductory material.

It is easy to get bogged down attempting to read start-to-finish. I suggest that you begin by quickly reading the following sections:

  • Section 1 – Overview
  • Section 1.1 – Security Level 1
  • Section 3 – Functional Security Objectives

The CMVP landing page addresses the following topics:

  • What is the purpose of the CMVP?
  • What is the applicability of CMVP to the US government?
  • Use of Unvalidated Cryptographic Modules by Federal Agencies and Departments

We are happy to be a resource to you. Please contact mark@KeyPair.us

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