Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS
) are publicly announced standardizations developed by the United States federal government
for use in computer systems by all non-military government agencies
and by government contractors, when properly invoked and tailored on a contract
The purpose of FIPS is to ensure that all United States federal government and government agencies adhere to the same guidelines regarding security and communication.
Many Federal Information Processing Standard pronouncements are modified versions of standards used in the technical communities, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
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