Advantech launches FIPS 140-2 certified SQF920F/840F series

29th April 2022
Kiera Sowery

Advantech has announced the release of the TCG-OPAL compliant SQFlash 840F and 920F series.

SQF920F/840F deliver excellent data security via hardware-based AES encryption. These advanced security features conform to FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 from US National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) (listed in Cryptographic Module Validation Programme). Advantech’s SATA / PCIe SSDs delivers superior performance, better durability, and higher-capacities to applications that handle sensitive data or require increased security.

High level data protection

Many legacy industrial systems fail to provide adequate security measures. As cybercriminals evolve, finding secure storage solutions for government, finance, healthcare, and defense applications remains an important consideration. At present, agencies in the US and Canada require storage devices that meet security certifications to prevent data theft. To this end, FIPS 140-2 certification requirements for storage products used in the government/public sector will be enforced in three years.

FIPS self-encryption drive (SED) certified storage products meet US federal government secure storage requirements and comply with specified encryption algorithms, ensuring that SSD internal data handling procedures adhere to NIST standards. Certified solutions deliver safe data storage to diverse security-sensitive applications in infrastructure, healthcare, defense, and finance.

Adheres to FIPS standards for SSD with multi-user authentication design

To fulfill the needs of various applications, SQF 840F/920F series SSD products provide TCG-OPAL compliant AES-256 crypto-engines for advanced self-encryption. This encryption supports read and write protection control and market-leading in-the-drive multi-user and multi-secure zone authentication mechanisms.

These features can be managed using DeviceOn/SQ Manager’s security package available on Linux or integrated into BIOS. In addition, firmware is assigned a digital signature on firmware code to further prevent unauthorized changes the SSD’s root. These devices achieve further stability via a power-on self-test of all cryptographic related hardware engines.

Likewise, the product comes with physical tamper-proof protection to prevent data theft from outside intrusion. In sum, NIST certified SQF 840F/920F is compliant with FIPS 140-2 Level 2 specifications, yielding a complete and effective security mechanism.

Advantech’s SQF920F/840F secure SSD product series is sample available now.

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