Ubuntu 20.04 LTS drives high security and regulated workloads with its FIPS 140-2 certification


on 17 August 2021

Austin, Texas – Ubuntu, the world’s most popular operating system across private and public clouds has received the FIPS 140-2, Level 1 certification for its cryptographic modules in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, including OpenSSL 1.1.1. This certification is built on Canonical’s track record in designing Ubuntu for high security and regulated workloads that powers U.S government agencies, prime contractors, service providers and organizations in regulated industries including healthcare and finance. The FIPS validation of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS cryptographic modules enables agencies and organizations to drive innovation with the latest open source technologies while complying with the stringent cryptographic requirements of FIPS 140-2.

“With the new FIPS 140-2 validation, we can continue to deliver the security requirements that our government, finance, and healthcare clients trust to implement the most secure open-source software to power their infrastructure,” shares Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, Product Manager for security. 

FIPS 140-2, a U.S and Canada Government data protection standard, defines security requirements related to the design and implementation of a cryptographic module. NIST selects cryptographic algorithms known for their strong security. Canonical prioritises the secure implementation, testing and validation of these algorithms facilitating adoption for Ubuntu users.

The FIPS-certified modules for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS are available through the Ubuntu Advantage subscription, alongside additional open source security and support services. 

Where can I find more information?

Visit https://ubuntu.com/security/fips

To get started with Ubuntu for high security and regulated workloads, contact our team

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