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Townsend Security’s key management solution, Alliance Key Manager, obtains FIPS 140-2 level 1 certification

12-03-2010 04:26 PM CET | Media & Telecommunications

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Olympia, WA - Townsend Security, Inc., a leading provider of data protection solutions for the enterprise, announces its Alliance Key Manager appliance has earned the FIPS 140-2, level 1 certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The company’s AES encryption solutions are also NIST certified across all enterprise platforms. These certification levels demonstrate the company’s commitment to provide only certified, comprehensive, and thoroughly tested encryption and key management solutions.

The Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2(FIPS 140-2) is a computer security standard that describes US Federal government requirements for IT products. FIPS 140-2 is a requirement for selling cryptographic solutions to the US Federal Government. More and more organizations and industry groups that require encryption of sensitive data, such as banking, finance, and retail, are looking to NIST certification as the standard for proper encryption and key management.

Townsend Security enlisted the services of atsec information security to manage the certification process.

“Our CTO and Founder, Patrick Townsend, drove this NIST certification process internally because he has a healthy bias for getting things right,” said John Earl, Townsend Security CEO, “We picked atsec as our test lab because of their strong reputation for rigorousness and their insistence on standards based testing and validation. The atsec partnership was essential to getting this project right.”

Apostol Vassilev, CST laboratory manager for atsec, commented: "The atsec CST lab has worked with Townsend Security to validate several products under NIST’s Cryptographic Algorithm and Module Validation Programs. The process can be long and arduous, but the end result is a better product that is backed up by the security assurances of the FIPS 140-2 standard. We applaud Townsend Security’s commitment to rigorous standards based security assurance for their products through the validation programs at NIST.”

Customers who are interested in learning about function and pricing on the FIPS 140-2 certified Alliance Key Manager are encouraged to visit,

About Townsend Security
Known as The Encryption Company, Townsend Security was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Olympia, WA. Townsend Security is a leading provider of NIST certified software and appliance data privacy solutions.

Townsend Security guarantees its certified solutions will always meet or exceed the encryption and key management standards in PCI, HIPAA/HITECH and other regulations. Built for compliance - strong encryption and key management secures data at the source, secure file transfers ensure data moves securely outside the organization and real-time system logging provides essential reporting on access attempts to confidential data.

About atsec information security
atsec information security ( is an independent, standards-based information technology security services company that combines a business-oriented approach to information security with in-depth technical knowledge and global experience. atsec was founded in Munich, Germany in 2000 and has extensive international operations with offices in the U.S., Germany, Sweden, and China. atsec's service include formal laboratory testing and evaluation, independent testing and evaluation as well as information security consultancy.

atsec offers cryptographic module and algorithm testing under the Cryptographic Module Validation Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) in Canada. atsec also offers formal testing under the NIST's PIV Program (NPIVP), Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP), Security Content Automation Protocol Program (SCAP), and product approval testing under the GSA FIPS 201 EP.

atsec works with leading global companies such as Apple, IBM, Hewlett and Packard, Honeywell, Quantum Corporation, Red Hat, and ZTE Corporation.

Townsend Security
724 Columbia St NW
Suite 400
Olympia, WA 98501


atsec information security corporation
9130 Jollyville Road, Suite 260
Austin, TX 78759


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