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OpenSSL gets NIST certifications

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Agencies setting up sensitive virtual private networks now have an open-source alternative.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has certified OpenSSL, an open-source library of encryption algorithms, as meeting Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 1 standards, according to the Open Source Software Institute of Hattiesburg, Miss.

?This validation will save us hundreds of thousands of dollars,? said Debora Bonner, operations director for the Defense Department?s Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support program, in a statement. ?Multiple commercial and government entities, including [the Defense Department?s] Medical Health System, have been counting on this validation to avoid massive software licensing expenditures.?

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