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Hikvision Achieves New Level of FIPS Encryption Standard

Hikvision, one of our GenX Security Superior Brand partners, headquartered in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, recently announced that it achieved the U.S. Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 1 certification, an encryption standard created by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

FIPS 140-2 establishes the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) as a joint effort by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) for the Government of Canada. Hikvision's encryption module (HIKSSL) received Level 1 FIPS 140-2 certification to be used in both IP camera and NVR products.

FIPS 140-2 defines four levels of security. In brief, these levels are:

Level 1

Level 1 is basic security level. An example of a Security Level 1 cryptographic module is a personal computer (PC) encryption board.

Level 2

Security Level 2 applies to physical security mechanisms of a device to show evidence of tampering to prevent unauthorized physical access.

Level 3
Security Level 3 goes a step further than basic physical security to prevent the intruder from gaining access to CSPs held within the cryptographic module. Level 3 could include strong enclosures and tamper-detection/response circuitry that blocks information when a device is compromised.
Level 4

Security Level 4 provides the highest level of security and are most applicable for devices that are in harsh and unprotected physical environments. At Level 4, the physical security mechanisms provide a complete envelope of protection around the cryptographic module with the goal of detecting and responding to all unauthorized tampering attempts.

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