TiPb is hearing that Apple might just be set to take on government and enterprise a little bit more aggressively by adding FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Modules to iPhone, iPad, and the Mac.
The Federal Information Processing Standard, publication 140-2 is a US government security standard for certifying both hardware and software security modules. According to our source, Mac OS X Lion is already in the 2nd to last stage of testing via the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with an estimated 1-2 months before completion. iPhone and iPad aren’t as far along yet, with several months to go before certification.
While Apple has made huge inroads into enterprise there are organizations that simply won’t consider iPhone or iPad without strong cryptographic support. Looks like that might just be on the way now.