About FIPS mode The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) consists of publicly announced standards developed by the United States Federal government. If you are required to meet these standards, you must operate this system in FIPS mode. Important: FIPS mode must be selected the first time you log on to the system and can't subsequently be changed. Select FIPS mode The first time you log on to the system you are prompted to select whether you want the system to operate in FIPS mode. Once this selection is made, it can't be changed.