NIST compliance pushes Cisco gear out the door

Will NIST compliance effect your remote management solution?

We speak to customers every week that are decommissioning legacy Cisco routers with WIC cards in favor of Opengear IM4200 Infrastructure Management appliances.  Some in part due to the fact this Cisco solution is end of life and has no future support.  Others push this old equipment out the door to meet security standards outlined by NIST for FIPS 140-2 compliance.  The FIPS 140-2 standard is an information technology security accreditation program for cryptographic modules produced by private sector vendors who seek to have their products certified for use in government departments and regulated industries (such as financial and health-care institutions) that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information.  Organizations that transmit or share data from these industries will endure IT audits to ensure FIPS 140-2 compliance.  Opengear not only embeds a FIPS 140-2 security module, we sponsored the project.

19 Billion Dollars directed toward implementation of an electronic medical record initiative (EMR)

Propelled by a massive spending bill, healthcare organizations will be required to invest in FIPS 140-2 software and network components for disaster recovery, data archiving or some other purpose.  Mandates written into the healthcare regulations of the Stimulus bill referred to as HITECH (Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) outline EMR regulations specific to secure data transport.

HITECH mandated “data in motion”, or data that is moving through a network to include wireless networks. The approved encryption methods are enforced with the requirements of  FIPS 140-2 standards.  The full scope of FIPS 140-2 requirements on healthcare organizations is outlined on the Department of Human Health & Human Services website here.

When will those old power hungry Cisco routers with WIC cards cause an IT panic in your organization?   At Opengear we have designed a drop in replacement for legacy Cisco gear that allows users to retain existing cabling infrastructure, ensure your remote connectivity meets FIPS 140-2 security compliance and delivers 100% uptime to meet SLA’s.


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