Reporting FIPS status to client systems

The 140 series of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) is a U.S. government computer security standard that specifies requirements for cryptography modules.

MNE checks the client systems for FIPS certification and reports whether the client systems are running in FIPS mode or not. For this to happen, the user must perform these tasks.

  1. Make sure that the OS is running in FIPS mode. For Mac systems, install the FIPS Administration tools (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5396). For Windows systems, refer the relevant Microsoft documentation.
  2. Send an agent wake-up call.

MNE will automatically report the FIPS status back to McAfee ePO.

Note: For Mountain Lion 10.8.4 or above Mac systems, the FIPS status is reported automatically to McAfee ePO by MNE, and the user does not have to install the FIPS Administration tools.