RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Provides Technology to Canon U.S.A. for U.S. Government Smartcard Solution
RSA® Professional Services helps Canon’s Smart Card Services encryption software comply with FIPS 140 Standard
Bedford, MA – RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), today announced that RSA Professional Services has worked with Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, to provide U.S. government standard encryption for its embedded platform used to validate smartcards in Canon printers, copiers and multifunction products (MFP). RSA’s technology has enabled the company to sell equipment that achieves the security requirements for smartcard authentication to the U.S. public sector, such as the U.S. Department of Defense.
In order to sell products containing cryptography capability to the U.S. government, information technology and office equipment must meet Federal Information Processing Standardization 140 (FIPS 140) regulations. The FIPS 140 regulations require that software undergo extensive third-party testing to prove that it is robust and secure. Once the software has been tested, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) evaluates the software code as well as its documentation, to ensure the cryptography algorithms meet the federally-mandated standard.
“In the current economy, time to market is critical, and compliance requirements can slow down development dramatically,” said Brian Zeman, Senior Director, Professional Services, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “RSA Professional Services brings the expertise and the validated security components that can dramatically accelerate development of new products to be released into the U.S. government market as quickly as possible.”
RSA Professional Services worked in conjunction with Canon during the development of Canon’s Smart Card Services for MEAP (Multifunction Embedded Application Platform) to integrate RSA BSAFE® security software into the solution. To achieve the federal standard, RSA provided a complete set of common libraries written in Java that meet FIPS 140 requirements that also serve as the basis for the solution’s cryptographic functions.
In addition to providing the FIPS 140 certified Java libraries, RSA commissioned and managed the third-party validation activities, which included thorough examination of the software and documentation as well as extensive solution testing including forced failure tests where the program was modified to determine whether it could identify its own failure and respond with accurate error notifications. The process of integrating and independently verifying FIPS 140 encryption into Smartcard Services for MEAP lasted six months.
“Canon chose to work with RSA on the development of our Smartcard Services for the MEAP platform because of RSA’s reputation for providing reliable cryptographic products that are widely accepted by the Department of Defense and other government entities. By utilizing their proven software solution and the expertise of RSA Professional Services, Canon was able to accelerate its FIPS 140 compliance and gain entry to this important market,” said Nick Del Re, Director, Solutions Development, ISG Solution Development Division, Canon U.S.A.
RSA offers comprehensive services which help organizations define security strategies and implement solutions designed to mitigate risk, ensure compliance, and accelerate business objectives. RSA Professional Services is the service delivery arm of RSA, providing design, implementation, and optimization services to help customers apply and maximize the value of RSA products within their organization.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009†, with global revenues of US &35 billion, is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2010 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of “100 Best Global Brands.” Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world’s leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA’s information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle - no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used. RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, data loss prevention, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit www.RSA.com and www.EMC.com.
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