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The VPN client on wireless clients (PDAs, smartphones) used for remote access to DoD networks must be FIPS 140-2 validated.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-18627 WIR-MOS-iOS-034-01 SV-40265r2_rule ECWN-1 Medium
DoD data could be compromised if transmitted data is not secured with a compliant VPN. FIPS validation provides a level of assurance that the encryption of the device has been securely implemented.
Apple iOS 5 Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) 2012-07-20


Check Text ( C-39120r2_chk )
This check is not applicable if the installed VPN client is not used for remote access to DoD networks.

Interview the IAO and/or site wireless device administrator and inspect a sample (3-4) of site devices. Review VPN client specification sheets and FIPS 140-2 certificate. Verify the VPN client is FIPS 140-2 validated. Check the NIST certificate for the mobile OS or VPN client. Mark as a finding if the VPN is not FIPS 140-2 validated.
Fix Text (F-37266r1_fix)
Install a FIPS 140-2 validated VPN client.