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CMUF update from the CMVP

Hi Everyone,

Some important updates the recent Cryptographic Module User Forum (CMUF) Meeting for March 2017. The joint CMVP leads Jennifer Cawthra (NIST) and Carolyn French (CSE) shared some important updates to the Implementation Under Test (IUT) and Modules In Process Listing (MIP) processes. They also discussed the recent move of modules to the Historical listing website and shared a new definition for a 2SUB. Please find details on each of these topics below:

IUTB and the MIP list:

  • The module review process begins once NIST confirm the Cost Recovery fee for the submission has been paid. To expedite this process labs can request an invoice from NIST before a module report is submitted.
  • If >90 days after IUTB the report has not been submitted – NIST will remove it from the IUT listing.
    When NIST receive the module report and see the invoice is paid module will return to its place in the queue and is added to the MIP list.

As of July 1st, 2017:

  • Stagnant modules in IUT will be dropped after 18 months on the list.
  • CMVP comments have been sent to the lab + 90 days without a response. Module put On Hold and removed from MIP list. Once comments are received module goes back on MIP list and returns to its place on queue.

As of January 1st, 2018:

  • All certifications must be completed within 2 years of report submission or IUTB request, whichever occurred first
  • At 2-year submission anniversary, module will be dropped from MIP list.
  • Vendor and lab will need to re-start the validation process from the beginning including paying a new NIST Cost Recovery Fee
  • This policy will be affect all new submissions and submissions in the queue as of 01/01/2018
  • Labs have been (and will be) notified of modules that will be dropped as of 01/01/2018

CMVP Historical Listing:

  • As of February 1st, 2017, modules validated to FIPS 140-1 and modules validated over 5 years ago have been moved to the Historical Listing.
  • 575 certificates were moved to the Historical Listing
  • These modules are not to be used for procurement by Federal Agencies.
  • If these modules are already being used, Federal Agencies makes a risk-based decision on whether to continue using them or to replace them.
  • 1SUBs where the module is unchanged will not move a module from the historical list back to the active validation list
  • 3SUBs will be accepted for up to 2 years after the modules sunset date. The resulting new certificate will appear on the active validation list.

New 2SUB definition

  • As of May 2017, IG G.8 will be updated to have a new definition for a 2SUB. It will be for extending the module’s certificate sunset date.
  • Module must meet all the latest standards/FIPS requirements/IGs and CAVP testing requirements at the time of 2SUB submission.
  • Only available to modules on the active validation list.
  • IG G.8 sent to public for comments – comments due April 14th, 2017. Ping Acumen if you would like the draft IG for review.

Happy New Year!

Another year gone by, and what a year it was on so many fronts! This was the year that challenged us to scale effectively and am heartened to see how the team responded. We went from a handful of customers in 2015 to a full book in 2016. Scaling to a greater customer diversity while maintaining or exceeding level of service is always tough, but Team Acumen was up to the challenge. This was evidenced by the all round positive feedback we have received from our customers and quantified by the high marks received in the FIPS survey. Along the way we had some key team additions as well as diversification into other services such as support for FedRAMP audits.

 
April 2017 Acumen will be three years old and I guess that is when we stop being a startup? If 2016 was exciting, 2017 is going to be down right amazing. Few items already lined up are move to a new larger office space, revamping our website, a project management and customer interaction portal, validating the next version of openSSL and lot more! What will remain unchanged will be our ethos to keep simplifying certification and driving value for the investment our customers make in certifying their products.

 
Happy New Year! Welcome 2017!