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06 May 2011

Watchdata’s Cryptographic Algorithm Validated by National Institute of Standards and Technology

6 May 2011 - Watchdata, a worldwide leader in innovative data security and smart card technology solutions, announces that Watchdata-FIPS-TimeCOS® Hardware Cryptographic Library Cryptographic Algorithm has been tested and validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as conforming to the Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP).

The successful validation results are published on NIST’s official website on April 20, 2011. The validation numbers, product information and manufacturer’s information can be obtained from the CAVP’s official website’s validation list: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cavp/validation.html

With its cryptographic algorithms validated by the CAVP, Watchdata proves that Watchdata-FIPS-TimeCOS® Hardware Cryptographic Library cryptographic module possesses a very high level of security. Hence, Watchdata is able to provide domestic and international clients with more secure, reliable and trusted computing products by using their cryptographic modules to conduct product developments.

Mr. Larry Lin, Watchdata’s Product Director of Trustworthy Computing and Security Payment, said: “This validation is a strong demonstration of our commitment and dedication to improve our products’ security level. As a world leader in the smart card industry, Watchdata firmly believes that the key to enhance the market competitiveness is to continue to innovate and produce outstanding products.”

The implemented algorithms of Watchdata-FIPS-TimeCOS® Hardware Cryptographic Library and their validation numbers are as follows: TDES, CMAC (No.1057); AES (No.1616); SHA (No.1425); RSA (No.794); DRBG (No.85).

The CAVP was established by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in July 1995. It encompasses validation testing for FIPS approved and NIST recommended cryptographic algorithms and components of algorithms. The Cryptographic algorithm validation is a prerequisite to the FIPS140-2 validation testing under the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP).

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