CTERA Networks, a cloud storage services platform founded in 2008 with Fortune 100 companies among its clients, has announced that its CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform is now Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 140‐2 (FIPS 140-2) validated.

The FIPS 140-2 validation process is known for its rigor and is required for providing services to highly secured organizations like U.S. federal government and defense agencies. CTERA Networks’ edge filers, software agents, and Portal are all included under the validated designation.

“The modernization of aging file services is a top priority for government and defense agencies, but cloud transformation initiatives introduce security risks that are unacceptable for these types of organizations,” said Aron Brand, CTO of CTERA. “CTERA addresses these challenges with an on-premises, private file services platform that delivers the same resiliency, productivity, and elasticity as cloud-based file services while meeting the stringent security requirements of FIPS 140-2.”

U.S. Department of Defense

CTERA Networks’ “military-grade” architecture includes advanced security features beyond encryption including Active Directory/LDAP and single sign-on (SSO) integrations, multi-tenancy, data loss prevention (DLP), and antivirus support – all from an in-firewall deployment. The FIPS 140-2 certification would be another proof point of CTERA’s commitment to offering highly secured enterprise file services platform to its global defense customers.

CTERA’s cloud services platform has powered the file services initiatives of several of the world’s largest and most strictly secured government and defense organizations. In 2016 CTERA Networks was awarded a contract from DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) to provide private cloud content collaboration services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and added support for Common Access Cards authentication technology (CAC) for government-issued smart cards. CTERA has since expanded its presence across various DoD agencies, federal organizations, and government defense contractors.

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