With FIPS 140-2 certification, Windows Phone 8 now meets the security requirements of the United States and Canadian governments meaning it’s secure enough to be used by federal agencies and the military.
This also means Windows Phone 8 is more than secure enough to be trusted by companies and individuals all over the world.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) validate cryptographic modules to Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) via the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP). FIPS 140-2 is a mandatory standard for all Federal agencies that use cryptographic-based security systems to protect sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems.
Keep in mind that Windows Phone 8 isn’t the only winner here. Windows 8, Window RT, Windows Server 2012, Surface RT, and Surface Pro also had their cryptographic modules validated to FIPS 140-2. Validated modules are listed below:
- Kernel Mode Cryptographic Primitives Library (CNG.SYS)
- Cryptographic Primitives Library (BCRYPTPRIMITIVES.DLL)
- Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider (DSSENH.DLL)
- Enhanced Cryptographic Provider (RSAENH.DLL)
- Boot Manager
- BitLocker Windows OS Loader (WINLOAD)
- Code Integrity (CI.DLL)
- BitLocker Windows Resume (WINRESUME)
- BitLocker Dump Filter (DUMPFVE.SYS)
The Windows 8 family of operating systems are the easiest to use…and now they’re the most secure.
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