Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform has snagged itself FIPS 140-2 accreditation from the US government, meaning it can now be used by employees in industries that require the watertight security standard.
FIPS 140-2 is awarded to accredit the cryptographic algorithms that protect sensitive data inside products like smartphones or tablets.
In a company blog post, Microsoft writes that the accreditation was awarded by the Cryptographic Module Validation program, a joint effort of the US National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment Canada, the country's national cryptographic agency.
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Certified for nine
Windows Phone 8 has received FIPS 140-2 for nine cryptographic certifications, including:
- Kernel Mode Cryptographic Primitives Library (CNG.SYS)
- Cryptographic Primitives Library (BCRYPTPRIMITIVES.DLL)
- Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider (DSSENH.DLL)
- Enhanced Cryptographic Provider (RSAENH.DLL)
- Boot Manager
- BitLocker Windows OS Loader (WINLOAD)
- Code Integrity (CI.DLL)
- BitLocker Windows Resume (WINRESUME)
- BitLocker Dump Filter (DUMPFVE.SYS)
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