Manual Chapter : About the FIPS kit

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BIG-IP AFM

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About the FIPS kit

The F5® Platforms: FIPS kit provides a means to ensure that specific platforms meet FIPS 140-2 level 2 physical security requirements. You must also be running the BIG-IP Cryptographic Module license to be fully FIPS validated. You can find the license information on your purchase order receipt.

Warning: After you have configured your platform to meet FIPS 140-2 level 2 requirements, you cannot access the physical components without leaving evidence of tampering.

Supported platforms

You can use the FIPS kit with these platforms.

Platform name Platform ID
BIG-IP® 10350F D112
BIG-IP i2000 Series C117
BIG-IP i4000 Series C115
BIG-IP i5000 Series C119
BIG-IP i7000 Series C118
BIG-IP i10000 Series C116

Apply tamper evidence seals to F5 platforms

You can apply tamper evidence seals to your F5® platform to indicate whether any part of it has been opened or removed. After you apply a seal, run your finger over the seal multiple times using extra pressure to fully secure it.
CAUTION:
Avoid placing seals over vents or on uneven surfaces, where possible.
  1. Use the provided alcohol wipes to clean the chassis cover and components of dirt, grease, or oil before you apply the tamper evidence seals.
  2. Place a tamper evidence seal so that half of a seal covers each installed power supply unit and half covers the chassis enclosure.
  3. Place a tamper evidence seal so that half of the seal covers the top of the chassis enclosure and half covers the right side of the chassis, and then do the same for the left side of the chassis.
  4. Place a tamper evidence seal so that half of the seal covers the chassis enclosure and half covers the fan tray assembly.
  5. If your platform includes any blank covers, place a tamper evidence seal so that half of the seal covers the chassis enclosure and half covers any blank covers (for example, blanks for unused power supply bays or storage drive bays).
  6. If your platform includes two externally-accessible storage drives, place a tamper evidence seal so that half of the seal covers one drive and half covers the other drive or storage drive blank.
The seals completely cure within 24 hours.