Hughes Technology Earns FIPS 140-2 Level 1 Certification

GERMANTOWN, Md. , April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced that its Crypto Kernel, the cryptographic component of its HN and HX Systems, has earned...


GERMANTOWN, Md. , April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced that its Crypto Kernel, the cryptographic component of its HN and HX Systems, has earned a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 level 1 certificate (Certs. #919 and #915) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FIPS 140-2 validation is a requirement for any cryptographic product which will be used in a U.S. government agency network.

"The FIPS 140-2 certification is the gold standard in validating cryptographic modules to ensure the security of government networks," said Tony Bardo , assistant vice president of government services at Hughes. "By achieving this certification, Hughes can now validate its ability to provide a high level of security in its HN and HX satellite broadband offerings. Government agencies seeking resilient, ubiquitous networks for mission-critical activities such as Continuity of Operations planning, emergency response or managed network services, can count on Hughes to provide those services, plus the assurance that its encryption standards meet the challenges of rigorous government testing and requirements."

FIPS is a set of standards that describe document processing, provide standard algorithms for searching and provide other information processing standards for security modules used to protect government networks. The Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), headed by NIST, provides module and algorithm testing for FIPS 140-2, which applies to Federal agencies using validated cryptographic modules to protect sensitive government data in computer and telecommunication systems. FIPS 140-2 provides stringent third-party assurance of security claims on any product containing cryptography that may be purchased by a government agency. For more information regarding NIST and FIPS, or to view the Hughes' certificate, visit: http://www.nist.gov or http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140crt/140crt919.pdf and http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140crt/140crt915.pdf.

In order to expedite the FIPS 140-2 validation process, Hughes partnered with Corsec Security, Inc., a consulting firm with over ten years of validation experience. "Corsec is proud to have worked with Hughes on their FIPS 140-2 validation effort," said Matthew Appler , CEO, Corsec Security. "This great achievement demonstrates Hughes' high level of commitment to their customers by providing them with superior, quality security assurance on the Hughes Crypto Kernel."

About Corsec Security, Inc.

Corsec Security, Inc. specializes in helping companies navigate through the complex process of receiving FIPS 140 and Common Criteria (CC) certifications. Corsec's consulting, document creation, and project management services deliver unmatched expertise in achieving government validation efforts at a firm, fixed price. Corsec partners with companies around the world to achieve local and international certification and to add security functionality to a wide range of products. Corsec minimizes the time, effort and money a vendor needs to invest in validation while ultimately maximizing the return on that investment. For further information, please visit http://www.corsec.com.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet(R) encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Hughes has shipped more than 1.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries. Its broadband satellite products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU standards organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A and GMR-1.

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