Hikvision, announced that it has acquired the US Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, which is the US government encryption standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Used by federal government agencies in the US and Canada, FIPS 140-2 is also widely used in regulated industries such as finance, healthcare, legal, and utilities, as well as commercial businesses. Hikvision’s encryption module (HIKSSL) received Level 1 FIPS 140-2 certification to be used in both IP cameras and NVR products.
Dr. Wang Bin, Chief Officer of Hikvision’s Network Information Security Laboratory and Network Security Department believes that the industry “should be adopting the same standards that are used by governments and highly regulated industries”. This should provoke other similar organisations to follow suit in trying to gain this kind of accreditation.
FIPS 140-2 is used and referenced by numerous standards bodies and international testing organisations, including the ISO standard. Global tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, and Google have achieved FIPS 140-2 validation.
The FIPS 140-2 validation process includes a series of rigorous tests by an independent and accredited U.S. security laboratory, and NIST compliance confirmation. The company claims it takes cybersecurity seriously, which has led Hikvision products meet industry leading standards for safety and security that include ISO 270001, ISO 9001:2008, CMMI Level 5, and AICPA SOC. organizations.