What is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and why should you care about FIPS 140-2?

Jan 2012

What is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and why should you care about FIPS 140-2?

Posted by Samantha Morris

What is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known between 1901 and 1988 as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) is a measurement standards laboratory, and is a non-regulatory agency of the Unites States Department of Commerce.

NIST solves the science and technology problems of today so that industry and science can produce the improved products, services and technologies of tomorrow. From atomic clocks and online banking to mammograms, cell phones and cloud backup, NIST supports innovation through research, measurements, standards, business services and other programs. 

What does this mean for me?

Standardization has had, and continues to have a major impact on all of our lives, yet most people know little about its effects.  We are all influenced by standards on a daily basis, including our methods of communication, the products we use, how we travel and even what we eat.

Standards permit society to make more efficient use of its resources and allow more effective communication among all parties to particular activities, transactions, or processes.

It’s also important to note that NIST conducts third party independent and rigorous testing of the products and services you use on a daily basis, without interventions from vendors or service providers and without bias.


The National Standards Institute (NIST) issues the FIPS 140 Publication Series to coordinate the requirements and standards for cryptography (secure communication in the presences of third parties) modules that include both hardware and software components.

The FIPS 140-2 standard is an information technology security accreditation program for cryptographic modules produced by private sector vendors (like Asigra) who seek to have their products certified for use in government departments and regulated industries (such as financial and health-care institutions) that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive information.  



What does this mean for me?

You can be assured that a product or solution that is FIPS 140-2 has met the stringent third party requirements of  the National Institute of Standards (NIST) and that when you’re data leaves your premises to off-site storage, intermediaries or third parties are completely unable to view you company’s most sensitive information – including your service provider.

To learn more about the National Institute of Standards and FIPS 140-2, please click here.

As it relates to cloud backup, who says security should be a concern? Choose a vendor or service provider that either has the certificate or demonstrates a clear commitment to obtaining it.  To learn more about Asigra Cloud Backup and to view our FIPS 140-2 certification, please click here.

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