Purpose of FipsMon.exe

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Product
Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption 4.60

Client OS

Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows XP SP3

Server OS

None

Question

What is the purpose of FipsMon.exe?

Answer

After the installation of Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption including FIPS module was finished, an icon in the task bar shows that Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption is running in FIPS mode. This icon is green or red, depening on if Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption is running in FIPS compilant mode or not.

Example for FIPS compilant installation icon:



To enable Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption to be implemented in a certified configuration, while also ensuring the maximum security provided with the product, the system should be configured as follows:

- Installation with PBA

- Minimum password length: 6 characters

- Activate complete encryption of the hard disk

- Activate Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption’s screen lock

- When defining keys manually, enter as large a number of randomly selected characters (max. 32 characters) as possible. No trivial keys should be assigned as they can be guessed easily by an
attacker.



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