BlackRidge Technology Receives FIPS 140-2 Government Validation for the Cryptography in its Cyber Security Products

Company Completes Rigorous FIPS 140-2 Testing Process Required for Product Deployment in the U.S. Federal Government

RENO, NV – March 20, 2018 – BlackRidge Technology International, Inc. (OTCQB:  BRTI), a leading provider of next generation cyber defense solutions, is pleased to announce that Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) validation certificate #3151 has been awarded to the BlackRidge Technology Cryptographic Module by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The validation allows BlackRidge products that include the validated cryptographic module to be deployed by federal agencies, government service providers and other organizations that require products to be certified to meet security standards for protecting sensitive information.

“The completion of FIPS 140-2 validation along with the rigorous testing completed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) demonstrates our commitment to meeting the stringent security requirements of the U.S. Government,” said John Hayes, co-founder and CTO of BlackRidge Technology. “BlackRidge products are now eligible to be procured by U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, as well as for use in regulated industries such as utilities, finance, and healthcare.”

FIPS 140-2 is the industry standard accreditation set by NIST that is required for any encryption utilized in any software solution deployed in the U.S. government. The FIPS 140-2 validation was granted after an independently accredited lab put the BlackRidge Technology Cryptographic Module through a series of tests. After proving conformance with the FIPS 140-2 standard, the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), operated jointly by NIST and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) of Canada, confirmed compliance and issued certificate #3151.

“The SafeLogic team was honored to contribute to this effort, combining our specialization in FIPS 140-2 with BlackRidge Technology’s expertise in cyber security to open new opportunities for the federal government to deploy best-in-class solutions,” said SafeLogic CEO Ray Potter. “It’s truly a step in the right direction when products like these become available to the public sector.”

BlackRidge develops, markets and supports a family of products that provide next generation cyber security solutions for protecting enterprise and government networks, systems and cloud services. BlackRidge’s patented First Packet Authentication™ technology was developed for the military to cloak and protect servers and segment networks. Cloud and server workloads are better protected and less vulnerable to compromise with BlackRidge in place.

About BlackRidge Technology
BlackRidge Technology provides an adaptive cyber defense solution that enables our customers to deliver more secure and resilient business services in today’s rapidly evolving technology and cyber threat environments.  The BlackRidge Adaptive Trust solution provides end-to-end security that proactively isolates cloud services, protects servers and segments networks. Our patented First Packet Authentication™ technology authenticates user and device identity and enforces security policy on the first packet of network sessions.  This new level of real-time protection blocks or redirects unidentified and unauthorized traffic to stop attacks and unauthorized access.  BlackRidge was founded in 2010 to commercialize its military grade and patented network security technology.  For more information, visit www.BlackRidge.us.

About SafeLogic
SafeLogic provides innovative encryption products for applications in mobile, cloud, server, appliance, wearable, IoT, and other constrained environments. Our flagship product, CryptoComply, provides drop-in FIPS 140-2 compliance with a common API across platforms, while our RapidCert process has revolutionized the way that certificates are earned. SafeLogic’s customers include many of the most influential and innovative companies in technology.  SafeLogic is privately held and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. For more information about SafeLogic, please visit www.SafeLogic.com.

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BlackRidge Media Contact:
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BlackRidge Investor Relations Contact:
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SafeLogic Media Contact:
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