Industrial Security: Network Tunneling Appliance Certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 2

Sept. 4, 2012
Wireless technology is designed to secure network communication for smart grid, watershed management and other remote industrial devices.

AvaLAN Wireless Systems, Inc. announces a new hardware-based VPN device that allows devices to be remotely accessible over a typical network without requiring remote firewall ports to be opened or fixed IP addresses assigned. The AW-HSNetAppliance is fully FIPS140-2 Level 2 certified.

The AW-HSNetAppliance is used in pairs, one to encrypt data on the trusted local area network (LAN) where the sensitive information originates, and the other on a second trusted LAN to decrypt the data at its destination. In between, the securely encrypted data may be passed over a public network such as the Internet. The two products together allow creation of a private and secure tunnel that provides a FIPS-validated data path.

"Anyone in a government agency or sensitive private industry such as health care, energy or financial with a need to transfer sensitive but unclassified data is now required to encrypt this data with a method that conforms to NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Standard FIPS 140-2," said Matt Nelson, chief executive officer of AvaLAN Wireless Systems, Inc., developer and manufacturer of long range industrial wireless radios and cryptographic technology.

"This hardware encryption module (AW140) has been validated by CMVP (the Cryptographic Module Validation Program) to FIPS 140-2 Level 2. We have packaged the module together with an Ethernet interface in a convenient inexpensive device that can encrypt data in a FIPS 140-2 certified manner for your network," added Nelson. "This network appliance product "is opening new opportunities for anyone needing to remotely connect devices securely through the Internet." The technology is designed to secure network communication for smart grid, watershed management and other remote industrial devices.

Security validated to NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 (Certificate No. 1452) includes:
•             Physically separate data paths for encryption keys and encrypted data
•             USB port to set encryption keys and passwords
•             Built-in browser interface to configure Ethernet data paths

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