As 5G rolls out worldwide and 6G remains under development, concerns persist about the threat of expensive ransomware attacks. No one is invulnerable; it seems – from the world’s largest and most respected companies, to unthinkable targets like healthcare providers and hospitals. Network admins demanded more powerful ways to upgrade security. With these circumstances in mind, Apacer created a product line that takes security to the next level. It’s called the SV240 TCG SSD series, and it has earned FIPS 140-2 certification. For customers planning to work with US federal agencies, and requiring higher security, such as the fields of healthcare, financial services, 5G infrastructure and defense, FIPS certification validated products are the best solution.
FIPS 140-2, The Federal Information Processing Standard, is a US government security standard for certifying cryptographic modules. The certification requires a product to pass a series of cryptographic tests, ensuring that the device is as secure as it promises to be. Due to time or cost considerations, some manufacturers claim to be compliant with FIPS 140-2, or have one or two products that are validated. But Apacer maintains a diverse product line that covers many capacities and form factors, all of which have been deemed “FIPS 140-2 validated” by working with a verified third party to precisely pass the review of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Apacer’s FIPS certificate is #4386.
Apacer’s SV240 TCG SSD series can be shipped with many value-adding features on board, such as wide temperature operation for rugged applications, which Apacer is the first to offer. It’s also available in four form factors: 2.5”, M.2 2280, mSATA and MO297, and is available with optional support for rugged R-SATA connectors. Capacities are available up to 1920 GB. Apacer’s diverse array of extremely secure FIPS validated SSDs take security to the next level for the industrial world.
The details of Apacer’s FIPS validation information (Certificate #4368) can be viewed at: https://csrc.nist.gov/projects/cryptographic-module-validation-program/certificate/4386
The FIPS 140-2 validated SV240-25 FIPS 140-2 incorporates a variety of cutting-edge technologies featuring multiple approaches to data protection. Designed and built under the rigorous testing verification process conducted by the National Institute of Standards for Technology (NIST), the FIPS validation provides the strength of encryption algorithms, unbreakable user authentication methods and secure Data Encryption Key (DEK) management to eliminate the most sophisticated cybersecurity threats. The Level 2 validation ensures tamper-evidence through the use of special coatings, seals and labels to prevent security information from being detected. The SSD also delivers enhanced data security storage by implementing the AES 256-bit hardware encryption and Opal specifications.
In addition to data safety, SV240-25 FIPS 140-2 also features a variety of reliability features implemented on both hardware and firmware levels. On the hardware level, SV240-25 FIPS 140-2 is built with not only a powerful SATA controller that supports on-the-module ECC as well as LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) ECC engine to extend SSD endurance and increase data reliability, but also a built-in thermal sensor to monitor the temperature of the SSD via S.M.A.R.T health monitoring to prevent overheating.
On the firmware level, SV240-25 FIPS 140-2 comes with an error-checking mechanism called End-to-End Data Protection to ensure all data in transit is protected against transient errors, thereby enhancing protection as well as the trustworthiness and reliability of the drive. SMART Read Refresh™ helps avoid read disturbances and ensure the health of all blocks in the NAND flash, thereby extending the expected operational lifetime multiplied by Global Wear Leveling. Data integrity and stability of data transmission can be further guaranteed by DataDefender™, ensuring that products are protected from power disruptions and can function smoothly even in harsh environments. Moreover, the level of protection against data loss increases with DataRAID™ to provide fault tolerance and improve data availability in the event of a drive failure. With these technologies available for employment, mission-critical data is safeguarded against unauthorized access and protected from errors and power outages at all times, and no data will be compromised as SV240-25 FIPS140-2 adheres to the FIPS 140-2 Level 2 standard.