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Cryptographic Module Validation Program CMVP

Certificate #3591


Module Name
Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches
FIPS 140-2
 Historical Reason
SP 800-56Arev3 transition - replaced by certificate #4525
Overall Level
When operated in FIPS mode, installed, initialized and configured as specified in Section 3 of the Security Policy. This module contains the embedded module 'ACT2Lite Cryptographic Module' validated to FIPS 140-2 under Cert. #3637 operating in FIPS mode
Security Level Exceptions
  • Roles, Services, and Authentication: Level 3
  • Design Assurance: Level 2
  • Mitigation of Other Attacks: N/A
Module Type
Multi-Chip Stand Alone
The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are stackable enterprise switching platform built for security, IoT, mobility, and cloud. The switches meet FIPS 140-2 overall Level 1 requirements as multi-chip standalone modules. The modules include cryptographic algorithms implemented in IOS-XE software as well as hardware ASIC. Advanced security feature supports MACsec encryption, hardware anchored secure boot and Secure Unique Device Identification (SUDI) support.
Tested Configuration(s)
  • N/A
Approved Algorithms
AES Certs. #C431, #C462 and #4769
CKG Vendor affirmed
CVL Certs. #C431 and #C462
DRBG Certs. #C431 and #C462
DSA Cert. #C431
ECDSA Certs. #C431 and #C462
HMAC Certs. #C431 and #C462
KBKDF Certs. #C431 and #C462
KTS AES Cert. #C431; key establishment methodology provides between 128 and 256 bits of encryption strength
RSA Certs. #C220, #C431 and #C462
SHS Certs. #C220, #C431 and #C462
Triple-DES Certs. #C431 and #C462
Allowed Algorithms
Diffie-Hellman (CVL Cert. #C462, key agreement; key establishment methodology provides between 112 and 150 bits of encryption strength); NDRNG; RSA (key wrapping; key establishment methodology provides between 112 and 128 bits of encryption strength)
Hardware Versions
Cisco Catalyst C9500-32C, Cisco Catalyst C9500-32QC, Cisco Catalyst C9500-48YC, Cisco Catalyst C9500-24YC, Cisco Catalyst C9500-24Q, Cisco Catalyst C9500-12Q, Cisco Catalyst C9500-40X and Cisco Catalyst C9500-16X with components C9500-NM-8X and C9500-NM-2Q
Firmware Versions
Cisco IOS-XE 16.9.2, Cisco IOS-XE 16.12 and Cisco IOS-XE 17.3


Cisco Systems, Inc.
170 West Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134

Global Certification Team

Validation History

Date Type Lab
1/6/2020 Initial ACUMEN SECURITY, LLC
6/8/2020 Update ACUMEN SECURITY, LLC
3/30/2021 Update ACUMEN SECURITY, LLC
2/18/2022 Update ACUMEN SECURITY, LLC