MediaTek CryptoCore cryptographic module receives FIPS 140-2 Validation Certificate

Sep 3, 2018
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The MediaTek CryptoCore cryptographic module in the MediaTek Helio X30 has been granted FIPS 140-2 Validation Certificate (cert #3264) by The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States of America (NIST).

The MediaTek CryptoCore cryptographic module is an in-silicon security engine with cryptographic accelerator capabilities. It provides fundamental security services for the platform, including secure boot, secure life cycle state, platform identity and key management. In addition, it offers high-throughput cryptography operations that are suitable for a diverse set of use cases, such as secure playback of DRM-protected media content, IPSec VPNs, TLS/SSL link protection, drive encryption and much more.

The FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) Publication 140-2 developed by NIST is a U.S. government computer security standard used to prove the secure credentials of cryptographic modules. Protection of a cryptographic module within a security system is necessary to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the information protected by the module.

While typically the FIPS 140-2 evaluation is required for the sale of cryptographic products to the US Federal Government , as well as regulated industries such as financial and healthcare institutions, increasingly non-regulated industries are embracing FIPS 140-2 to prove their security worthiness in a digital world that is increasingly security-focused.

The MediaTek CryptoCore cryptographic module is an essential building block in the MediaTek mobile security platform, and the certificate affirms that MediaTek’s security solution meets the higher international security standards, and its deep commitment to protecting information confidentiality and integrity.

While the FIPS 140-2 certification was applied to the CryptoCore module within the MediaTek Helio X30 platform, the same module is integrated into many MediaTek SoCs including smartphone products such as MediaTek Helio P60, P23, P22, A22, and MT6739, plus tablet products including the latest MT8183, MT8788, MT8766 and MT8786. The CryptoCore module is planned as a feature in future MediaTek smartphone and tablet products as well.

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