Silver Peak's SD-WAN garners federal stamp of approval

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Silver Peak completes FIPS 14-2 security validation testing for its SD-WAN devices. (Pixabay)

Silver Peak announced on Tuesday that its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform has completed a federal approval process. Through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Silver Peak has completed Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS-2) validation testing for its SD-WAN offering.

Validation testing of the EdgeConnect extra-small (EC-XS), medium (EC-M) and extra-large (EC-XL) SD-WAN edge appliances was conducted by Advanced Data Security, which is an accredited FIPS and Common Criteria testing laboratory based in San Jose, California.

“The laboratory FIPS 140-2 testing of the products was completed successfully, subject to validation by the cryptographic module validation program (CMVP)," said Eugene Polulyakh, general manager at Advanced Data Security, in a statement. "The FIPS 140-2 testing includes analysis of the security architecture, as well as analysis and testing of the cryptographic algorithms implemented by the products to verify compliance with advanced cryptographic standards.

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"The FIPS 140-2 testing of the EdgeConnect platform is a significant step in improving SD-WAN edge infrastructure security.”

With testing validation in-hand, the EdgeConnect devices can now be deployed by federal government agencies, including contracted service providers and other organizations that require stringent security standards to protect sensitive information. The FIPS 140-2 testing validation process can take nine to 12 months to complete.

"This validation opens the door to new opportunities in the federal and public sector markets, we have many active opportunities underway where FIPS 140-2 is a factor in moving new business forward," Silver Peak said in an email to FierceTelecom.

Last month, Cisco laid claim to being the first SD-WAN vendor to gain "in process" designation from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) to help federal agencies tap into cloud-based solutions to increase efficiency.

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Silver Peak, which was recently ranked second behind Cisco in Dell'Oro Group's top-five ranking for SD-WAN market share, is evaluating and expanding the number of validation and certification programs required to help accelerate its business, including FedRAMP and other programs.

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