NineFX, a HUBZone/SDVOSB-certified, value-added reseller for CircleCI, supports both commercial and Federal government customers. The software that we ship to our Federal customers must meet specific regulatory requirements from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). NIST’s Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 is the standard that governs cryptographic modules in Federal software. Because we service both commercial and Federal customers, in this post I will describe how we use CircleCI workflows to provide timely feedback on our software’s support of FIPS 140-2 cryptography, enabling us to monitor a project’s FIPS compatibility.
The HUBZone program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones - "HUBZones" - through the establishment of preferences. It provides competitive and sole source contracting opportunities. It also offers 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.
NineFX is certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Vets First Verification Program. It ensures that set-aside funds are awarded to legitimate firms owned and controlled by Veterans and Service-disabled Veterans. VA-certification enhances access to contracting opportunities inside the VA.