Q & A with Eclypses Senior Director of Core Engineering: Aron Seader

We sat down with Aron Seader, Eclypses Senior Director of Core Engineering to learn more about his technical background, his thoughts on how MTE technology will help organizations be more secure and the FIPS 140-3 certification process.

1. What is your role at Eclypses? My role is to set the strategy of and oversee the development of our core technologies here at Eclypses. I also participate pre-sales efforts for technical support, act as a liaison to the executive team, and support client relations.

2. What is your technical background? Education wise, I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. In my career, I have worked as a field engineer for anemometer tower installations, a project engineer for industrial energy assessments, and my position directly before Eclypses was a product engineer, designing twisted pair copper and fiberoptic cables where I also achieved my six-sigma green belt.

3. How do you think MTE technology will help organizations in the future? MTE will allow for more control over security by those who use it. The MTE technology enables a high level of security in an easy-to-use package that can be embedded into the application layer. This allows data to be protected as soon as it is created instead of waiting for a different layer, such as the operating system or the communication protocol, to do so. This increase of control allows organizations to be more diligent about protecting their sensitive information and confidence that their intellectual property or customer information is secured to the best of their abilities.

4. Eclypses is going through the FIPS 140-3 certification, can you discuss this process and what next steps look like? The FIPS 140-3 certification process is a very involved and lengthy process. e are working with a third-party laboratory to achieve the certification and are making huge strides. As of June 16, 2021, all our algorithms have been certified via the Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP) within NIST, which results in 20 certificates each one containing up to 9 different operating environments. Having our algorithms validated allows us to be on NIST’s Implementation Under Testing (IUT) list which shows us in progress for the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP). This program looks at the technology as a whole module and how the validated algorithms are used. Our code has been reviewed with the laboratory and we are about to embark on functional testing starting in July 2021. After the testing is complete the laboratory will write a full report and we will be submitted to NIST for certification as a FIPS 140-3 compliant cryptographic software module. We will release more updates about our FIPS 140-3 certification on our website by the end of July!

Interested in learning more about MTE Technology or our FIPS 140-3 certification progress? Email us at [email protected]