Opengear Joins OSSI’s Efforts to Expand Secure Open Source Network Communications within Federal Computing Environments

Sandy Utah – Wednesday, December 2, 2009 – Opengear today announced it has joined the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) and will work to contribute software that will expand the use of safe, secure computing protocols in Federal computing environments. As a part of Opengear’s commitment to open source, Opengear has extended the OpenSSL cryptographic module – for the first time making it FIPS 140-2 compliant for ARM based processors.

The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) is a non profit organization dedicated to the promotion and implementation of open source solutions within U.S. federal, state and municipal government agencies and academic entities. As a part of its charter, OSSI works with representatives of the U.S. government, IT industry and Open Source Community to maintain and support open source projects such as OpenSSL.

By joining OSSI Opengear Charmain Bob Waldie will become a board member of the Open Source Software Institute. Opengear’s full line of ARM-powered console servers and power management solutions will be FIPS compliant.

Opengear has previously partnered with OSSI and the OpenSSL project to sponsor an extension of the existing OpenSSL FIPS Object Module v1.2 validation (certificate #1051) that enables, for the first time, that open source cryptographic module to meet the FIPS 140-2 standards for ARM processors. The OpenSSL project is a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, and open source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library.

Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are standards created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for Federal computer systems. These standards and guidelines are issued by NIST for use government-wide. NIST develops FIPS when there are compelling Federal government requirements such as for security and interoperability and there are no acceptable industry standards or solutions. FIPS 140-2 is a standard specific to cryptographic implementations.

“Opengear is a recognized leader in the software security industry and has made a major contribution to the open source community through their efforts to secure the modification to allow the FIPS validated OpenSSL module to be compliant for ARM processors,” said John Weathersby, OSSI executive director. “We welcome Opengear as a member of the organization and look forward to their active participation in promoting the adoption of open source throughout government and industry IT environments.” Weathersby added that a representative from Opengear has agreed to join the OSSI advisory board and will help lead a special Open Source Security Working Group which will officially launch at the organization’s annual meeting in December.

“Opengear has a long tradition of working with various organizations and people in the open source community to help spread the use of open source software,” said Bob Waldie, founder of Opengear. “The FIPS validated OpenSSL is an example of industry, government and community working together to produce and maintain certified security components for all to use.”

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About Opengear

Founded in 2004, Opengear delivers next generation intelligent solutions for managing critical IT and communications infrastructure. Opengear’s solutions, featuring embedded Smart OOB™ technology, equip our customers’ networks with intelligent automation and bulletproof resilience, enabling them to optimize technical operations and secure business continuity. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with a manufacturing facility in Utah, R&D operations in Australia and Silicon Valley, and sales offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. For more information, please visit www.opengear.com.

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