• Press Release

    September 09, 2010

    RSA the Security Division of EMC Provides Technology to Canon U S A for U S Government Smartcard Solution

    RSA® Professional Services helps Cano' Smart Card Services encryption software comply with FIPS 140 Standard

    Bedford, MA - September 09, 2010 -

    Bedford, MA – September 9, 2010 – 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.

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