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FIPS 140-2 Certification Allows Public Sector to Harness Efficiency and Cost-Savings of Hyperconverged Secondary Storage
SANTA CLARA, CA – July 26, 2016 — /BackupReview.info/ — Cohesity, the pioneer of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced that its encryption solution has been certified to meet federal data protection standards. This certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) allows for government agencies that handle sensitive information to realize the benefits of hyperconverged secondary storage, and demonstrates Cohesity’s commitment to serving organizations in the public sector.
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To achieve Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 certification, government-approved lab tests of the encryption module were run not in isolation but as part of the storage platform and on the same hardware that Cohesity deploys at customer sites. This offers more complete security assurance than other vendors that run tests on their cryptographic library but not their fully mated solution. It is analogous to validating that a lock actually secures a house, rather than just showing that the lock works.
Validation that Cohesity’s solution meets FIPS 140-2 requirements enables the company to bid on government projects within federal civilian agencies, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community. U.S. law mandates that federal agencies and federal systems integrators (FSIs), such as General Dynamics and CSRA, protect sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems (including voice systems) using cryptographic-based security systems that are certified to meet FIPS 140-2.
Cohesity’s encryption module is fully software-implemented, which gives customers the flexibility to use the latest and greatest hardware available. In addition, Cohesity offers customers access to FedRAMP certified cloud storage through its integration with AWS GovCloud.
“We have made tremendous progress in the year following the public launch of Cohesity’s radically efficient secondary storage platform, and we are proud to offer this cutting-edge technology to some of the most highly regulated IT environments in the U.S. government sector,” said Mohit Aron, founder and CEO of Cohesity. “We look forward to adding new installations across a wide range of government agencies by working with our partners that serve the public sector.”
“With FIPS 140-2 certification and AWS GovCloud support, we can bring Cohesity’s next generation, web-scale, hyperconverged solution for consolidating secondary storage to our federal customers,” said Brent Van Scyoc, vice president of federal sales for Alliance Technology Group. “Federal customers backup and content storage needs are exploding. Cohesity’s technology will allow them to simplify secondary data storage and substantially drive down their costs.”
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