Advantech Launches the FIPS 140-2 Certified SQF920F/840F Series with Leading Multi-user Authentication Security Solution

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

March 16, 2021


Advantech Launches the FIPS 140-2 Certified SQF920F/840F Series with Leading Multi-user Authentication Security Solution

Advantech announced the release of the TCG-OPAL compliant SQFlash 840F and 920F series. 

SQF920F/840F deliver suitable data security via hardware-based AES encryption. Per the company, these security features conform to FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 from U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) (listed in Cryptographic Module Validation Program*). According to Advantech, their SATA / PCIe SSDs deliver ideal performance, durability, and higher-capacities to applications that handle sensitive data or require increased security.

Agencies in the U.S. and Canada require storage devices that meet security certifications to prevent data theft. Per the company, FIPS 140-2 certification requirements for storage products used in the government/public sector will be enforced in 3 years. FIPS self-encryption drive (SED) certified storage products meet US federal government secure storage requirements and comply with specified encryption algorithms, ensuring that SSD internal data handling procedures adhere to NIST standards. Certified solutions deliver safe data storage to security-sensitive applications in infrastructure, healthcare, defense, and finance.

SQF 840F/920F series SSD products provide TCG-OPAL compliant AES-256 crypto-engines for advanced self-encryption. This encryption supports read and write protection control and in-the-drive multi-user and multi-secure zone authentication mechanisms. These features can be managed using DeviceOn/SQ Manager's security package available on Linux or integrated into BIOS. In addition, firmware is assigned a digital signature on firmware code to further prevent unauthorized changes the SSD's root. Per the company, these devices achieve further stability via a power-on self-test of all cryptographic related hardware engines. Likewise, the product comes with physical tamper-proof protection to prevent data theft from outside intrusion. NIST certified SQF 840F/920F is compliant with FIPS 140-2 Level 2 specifications.

Please refer to the following SQF FIPS secure product list for details.

FIPS Certification to be acquired by Q2 2021.

Advantech's SQF920F/840F secure SSD product series is sample available now.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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