Versa Networks, a single-vendor Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) provider, has obtained FIPS 140-2 certification for its Versa Operating System (VOS). This system serves as the basis for Versa SASE and Versa Secure SD-WAN and offers complete end-to-end security with FIPS validated cryptography for the entire solution. This accomplishment would demonstrate Versa’s dedication to the public sector, particularly the vertical of state and federal government, for whom this accreditation is essential.
“Federal CIOs and CISOs are driving strategic Zero Trust and SASE initiatives to meet President Biden’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” said Ed Elmore, Federal Vice President of Sales at Versa Networks. “To deliver the most secure capabilities to our federal customers, Versa is committed to FIPS 140-2 certifications by NIST as a foundational element of Versa products supporting our government customers’ missions. Versa delivers the most comprehensive, fully integrated SASE and Zero Trust solution to the government.”
President Biden’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, issued on May 12, 2021, aims to strengthen the cybersecurity of the United States by improving the security of federal networks, critical infrastructure, and election systems, and by increasing the resilience of the internet and communications supply chain. The Order calls for the implementation of a Zero Trust architecture and a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) framework to enhance the security of federal networks and systems.
Zero Trust is a security architecture that assumes that all users, devices, and networks inside and outside an organization’s perimeter are untrusted and must be authenticated and authorized before they are allowed access to resources. SASE is a security architecture that combines network security functions, such as firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs), with cloud-based security services, such as web security and cloud access security brokers (CASBs). SASE aims to provide secure access to resources from any location and any device, while also simplifying the management and deployment of security services.
Implementing these initiatives can help organizations improve their cybersecurity posture and better protect against cyber threats.
Versa SASE, Versa Secure SD-WAN
Advanced Data Security, a private cryptographic module testing lab recognized by the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), carried out the examination. The CMVP is a joint effort between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the Department of Commerce and the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, a branch of the Communications Security Establishment.
“Our team is proud to have achieved FIPS 140-2 Level-1 certification for VOS as a Branch and Controller, both when deployed as a bare metal appliance and when deployed as a virtual machine,” said Sunil Ravi, Chief Security Architect at Versa Networks. “The FIPS-certified VOS cryptographic modules power the cryptography for the Control Plane and Data Plane of the Versa SASE and Versa Secure SD-WAN solutions.”
Versa’s single-vendor SASE platform would offer best-of-breed features that are organically built, closely integrated, and deliver services through the cloud, on-premises, or as a mixed combination of both, all under one management interface. Versa offers SASE services like Secure SD-WAN, Next-Generation Firewall, Next-Generation Firewall as a Service, Cloud Network Firewall, Unified Threat Management (UTM), Secure Web Gateway, Zero Trust Network Access, Cloud Access Security Broker, Data Loss Prevention, Remote Browser Isolation, and User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA).
Versa’s single-vendor SASE platform has the capacity to integrate networks, Points of Presence (PoPs), policy definitions, application definitions, agent logic, and data lakes in addition to management console automation integration.