Storage for spies: How the FIPS standard makes data extremely hard to steal
Keep it secret, keep it safe. When you want your digital storage to be encrypted, tamper-proof, and very hard to steal, you want the drive to have FIPS certification. The FIPS label means it complies with the Federal Information Processing Standards that delineate everything concerning government data security.
FIPS covers everything from access to buildings to personnel IDs, but we’re going to focus on its application to digital storage—more specifically, the security standards that storage manufacturers must adhere to in order to sell their products to the U.S. government. FIPS is relevant to the corporate market, where data security is a major issue. FIPS certification also appeals to a certain segment of the consumer market. Why? Because spy stuff sells.