FIPS 140


FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) is an umbrella term for several standards relating to specific security concerns (for example, FIPS-201-2 refers to personal identity verification for federal employees). FIPS 140 is a set of standards governing cryptographic modules – basically, anything that encrypts data, be it hardware or software. The Portnox Cloud’s zero trust NAC is a perfect solution to help cover FIPS-140 compliance requirements for your organization.


Close nearly any FIPS 140 compliance gap with NAC.

Access Control

The core function of NAC is to enforce access control policies by authenticating and authorizing devices and users before granting network access. It verifies the identity and security posture of devices, ensuring they meet the necessary security requirements before being allowed on the network. The Portnox Cloud allows you to control access based on role, location, device type, and many more options.

Secure Network Communications

NAC solutions can enforce encryption and secure communication protocols to protect data in transit. By ensuring that devices comply with encryption standards and secure communication protocols, NAC helps meet the encryption requirements of FIPS 140. The Portnox Cloud utilizes 802.1X along with EAP-TLS to encrypt all communication from us to you and back again, so you can rest assured your data is secure in transit.

Endpoint Security

NAC solutions can enforce endpoint security policies so that you can ensure security measures like keeping anti-virus up to date or running a firewall are always in place. The Portnox Cloud's offers a robust risk policy and compliance engine that covers a broad scope of endpoints and criteria – from passcodes on phones to registry entries on Windows. We also offer automated remediation options, so your devices can be brought into compliance without any action from your IT admins.

Continuous Monitoring

NAC systems typically provide continuous monitoring capabilities, allowing administrators to track and analyze network traffic, user behavior, and device compliance. This helps identify potential security incidents or policy violations promptly, supporting the continuous monitoring requirements specified in FIPS 140. The Portnox Cloud continuously monitors the risk score of connected devices, so that if something changes post-connect immediate action can be taken either by IT or by our robust automated remediation service.

Compliance Reporting

FIPS 140 requires comprehensive reports on network access, device compliance, and security incidents. This serves to not only keep IT admins on top of any potential access threats, but these reports can help organizations demonstrate that they have evidence of access control measures, encryption usage, and security posture. The Portnox Cloud offers a variety of reporting and alerting options that can generated on-demand or regularly scheduled.

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Cover your FIPS 140 bases with Portnox's zero trust access control.

As the FIPS 140 standard evolves (currently 140-2 is sunsetting in favor of 140-3) keeping your network secure will always be a core requirement. NAC is a key element of any FIPS 140 compliance strategy. Lean more about how Portnox can help you meet FIPS 140 compliance in our product brief below.

Frequently asked questions about FIPS 140 compliance.

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