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17 Dec 2007: First Cryptographic Hardware Validated by JCMVP

Improves the security of cryptographic products and contributes toward international standardization procedures

[translation posted 27DEC07]

Akashi Satoh (Senior Research Scientist), the Research Team for Physical Analysis (Leader: Kentaro Imafuku), the Research Center for Information Security (Director: Hideki Imai) of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (President: Hiroyuki Yoshikawa), and Takafumi Aoki (Professor) and Naofumi Honma (Assistant Professor) of the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University (President: Akihisa Inoue) have jointly developed an FPGA board integrated with a cryptographic function.

The newly developed FPGA board was validated by the Japan Cryptographic Module Validation Program (JCMVP), which is managed by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA), as the first cryptographic hardware module. (December 17, 2007) The cryptographic FPGA board with the international standard cipher algorithm Advanced Encryption Standard has obtained a certificate for level-1 security.

AIST will distribute the newly developed FPGA board as the standard board for testing to domestic and international universities and research institutes free of charge in order to establish a new security testing and metrics for cryptographic modules. AIST will also release the detailed design specifications and source codes of the board on a website as the design guidelines for cryptographic hardware. These measures will promote cryptographic products evaluated by third parties, and will contribute to improve security of entire information systems and products.

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