FIPS compliance, also know as Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), represents a comprehensive set of standards developed by the United States government. These standards are designed to safeguard sensitive government data, both classified and unclassified, residing within computer systems and networks. It is imperative for all U.S. federal agencies and contractors entrusted with handling sensitive information to adhere to these standards. The overarching objective is to ensure that cryptographic methods and Key Management Systems (KMS) employed by federal agencies and private entities collaborating with the government are robust and secure in protecting sensitive data.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) prescribes specific encryption and key generation techniques that any tool must follow to attain FIPS compliance. Modules conforming to FIPS 140-2 have gained recognition and widespread adoption among federal agencies in both the United States and Canada as a means of safeguarding sensitive information.
Now, ManageEngine OpUtils offers the capability to run in FIPS-compliant mode, aligning itself with the stringent standards set forth by the U.S. government. Activating FIPS mode within OpUtils ensures that the application becomes FIPS 140-2 compliant and operates exclusively using FIPS-approved cryptographic algorithms.
To attain FIPS compliance for your entire environment or organization, you must fulfill the following requirements:
Fresh Installation: FIPS mode can only be enabled during the initial installation setup. It is strongly recommended to activate FIPS mode during the initial installation process rather than attempting to enable it during an upgrade of OpUtils.
FIPS Compliant OS: Ensure that OpUtils is installed on a device equipped with a FIPS-compliant operating system to guarantee compatibility with FIPS standards.
SNMP v3 Credentials: Given that only SNMP v3 credentials are FIPS compliant, it is essential to transition all SNMP credentials to SNMP v3.
Mail Server Compatibility: Verify that your User's Mail server version is compatible with either TLSv1.2 or TLSv1.3, as these versions are supported in FIPS mode.
FIPS-Compliant Authentication and Privacy Methods: In a FIPS-compliant environment, all authentication and privacy methods must adhere to the standards specified in FIPS 140-2.
In OpUtils, FIPS mode ensures that only secure and FIPS-compliant algorithms, aligned with the requirements of the FIPS standards, are used for cryptographic operations. To activate FIPS Mode, follow these steps:
To enable FIPS Mode, follow these steps:
Enabling FIPS mode in OpUtils introduces several significant changes aimed at enhancing security and ensuring compliance with FIPS guidelines:
By enabling FIPS mode, OpUtils ensures heightened security, adherence to industry standards, and protection against potential vulnerabilities that may arise from weak cryptographic protocols and algorithms. It provides a robust framework for safeguarding data communication and integrations within the system while strictly adhering to FIPS guidelines.