Contact: Suzanne Magee
TechGuard® PoliWall® Appliances Achieve NIST’s FIPS 140-2 Validation
PoliWall Certificate: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140val-all.htm#1879
Baltimore – February 15, 2013 – TechGuard Security®, a provider of trusted, scalable, and
innovative technologies and services that protect critical infrastructures from cyber-attack, today
announced that the PoliWall® product line achieved Federal Information Processing Standards
Publications (FIPS) 140-2 Validation: Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules. FIPS
140-2 validation is a requirement for any cryptographic product which will be used in a U.S.
government agency network. The PoliWall appliance line includes the following models:
PoliWall-CCF M10 , M50 , G01  and G10  Series Security Appliance and
"Our FIPS 140-2 certification at Level 2 with Level 3 for design assurance validates our secure
coding, development and tamper resistance processes; and TechGuard’s extra-mile dedication to
meeting Federal agency security concerns," said Dave Maestas, CTO, TechGuard and Bandura.
"This is an important component for provision of secure solutions to government buyers."
In order to expedite the FIPS 140-2 validation process, TechGuard partnered with Booz Allen
Hamilton and CygnaCom Solutions. "The expert assistance of both Booz Allen and Cygnacom
streamlined the process for TechGuard: Clear explanation of the FIPS requirement;
documentation review; and validation testing of the PoliWall appliances and software” said
Suzanne Magee, CEO and co-founder, TechGuard Security and Bandura. " FIPS 140-2
validation of the TechGuard PoliWall appliances and software demonstrates our ongoing
commitment to our defense/defense industrial base customers and the security of their data."
The FIPS standard, which is utilized by the U.S. and Canadian governments, is also currently
being reviewed by ISO to become an international standard. FIPS 140-2 is gaining worldwide
recognition as an important benchmark for third party validations of encryption products of all
About FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module Validation Program
The FIPS 140-2 standard is a joint effort by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) in the United States, and the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC),
under the Canadian government. The Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP),
headed by NIST, provides module and algorithm testing for FIPS 140-2, which applies to
Federal agencies using validated cryptographic modules to protect sensitive government data in
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computer and telecommunication systems. FIPS 140-2 provides third-party assurance of
cryptographic modules that have been validated against a set of functional requirements for a
product that may be purchased by a government agency.
Level 2 (wikipedia)
Security Level 2 improves upon the physical security mechanisms of a Security Level 1
cryptographic module by requiring features that show evidence of tampering, including tamper-
evident coatings or seals that must be broken to attain physical access to the plaintext
cryptographic keys and critical security parameters (CSPs) within the module, or pick-resistant
locks on covers or doors to protect against unauthorized physical access.
Level 3 (wikipedia)
In addition to the tamper-evident physical security mechanisms required at Security Level 2,
Security Level 3 attempts to prevent the intruder from gaining access to CSPs held within the
cryptographic module. Physical security mechanisms required at Security Level 3 are intended to
have a high probability of detecting and responding to attempts at physical access, use or
modification of the cryptographic module. The physical security mechanisms may include the
use of strong enclosures and tamper detection/response circuitry that zeroes all plaintext CSPs
when the removable covers/doors of the cryptographic module are opened.
PoliWall can be deployed as an appliance, in the Cloud, or as a managed solution.
Proven PoliWall Security capabilities include: one click country-blocking, IP Reputation
list processing with millions of entries—with virtually no latency--exceptions of white
list/black list, QOS, ingress/egress filtering, bandwidth prioritization/DDOS protection
PoliWall rapidly reduces the attack space with High-Speed Internet Protocol Packet
Inspection Engines (HIPPIE®)
Scalable pricing model to fit business/budget needs from 100 Mb to 10 GB throughput.
HIPPIE and PCEL algorithms are optimized for memory and CPU utilization
Provides rapid throughput, low CPU
Virtual appliance easily deployed on hypervisors
All security and management features fully support IPv6
SNMP data and MRTG graphs provide visualization of network statistics and trend
analysis for traffic to and from all countries.
Government and Defense Industrial Base customers-- Poliwall is on the GSA schedule, is Common
Criteria EAL 4+ certified, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified, and available in100 Mb to 10 GB throughput
TechGuard Security, founded in February 2000 in direct response to Presidential Decision Directive 63,
provides trusted and innovative Critical Infrastructure Protection to the Department of Defense,
Homeland Security, Federal agencies, and the US Critical Infrastructure. TechGuardians® research,
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develop, and rapidly prototype, cutting-edge security technologies, including the patent and patent-
pending PoliWall® with HIPPIE® and PCELs® technologies; and provide expert consulting services.
PoliWall is marketed under Bandura, LLC a wholly-owned subsidiary of TechGuard Security . Please
information about the PoliWall appliance or value-added reseller opportunities.
TechGuard® is a certified women-owned business enterprise. For additional information please visit
http://www.techguard.com/ and follow us on twitter @poliwall.
About CygnaCom Solutions
CygnaCom Solutions operates two NVLAP accredited laboratories (NVLAP LAB CODE
0200002-0) dedicated to providing fair, objective, and cost-effective assessments of all products
submitted for validation.
The Cryptographic Equipment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL) is CygnaCom Solutions'
laboratory accredited to test hardware and software products for compliance with the U.S.
Government's FIPS 140-1/2 and compliance with FIPS algorithms.
About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen is the premier Certification & Accreditation contractor and penetration
testing/vulnerability assessment contractor to the U.S. government. We support the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other government agencies’ activities
throughout the security community. We serve as primary authors to the Certification &
Accreditation policy documents, and tap intellectual capital across the firm in the numerous
client engagements across both the commercial and government communities as necessary. We
operate several laboratories that conduct Penetration Testing and Product Validation services
(e.g., Common Criteria FIPS 140-2, UCAPL, etc) . If want to learn how to get your products
acquired by the U.S. Government Booz Allen Hamilton is a single stop shop for your product
testing needs. Please contact the Cyber Assurance Testing (CAT) Laboratory director at
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