True (Hardware) Random Number Generator Certification
Certification applied to true random number generators means getting a letter or “certification” from an independent testing laboratory stating they have analyzed and tested a particular generator model and user application program, and in their opinion the combined hardware/software system operated as expected. The certification means the system design appears to be sound and performs in a way consistent with expected statistical results. This gives the company a basis to say their system is “fair, unbiased and unpredictable.”
There is no standard (or certification) for stand-alone non-deterministic (hardware or “true”) random number generators in the USA. Here and in other countries certifications are given for systems including a TRNG used for a specific purpose such as an online gaming system. It is the responsibility of the user of the true random generator and software system to obtain this type of certification as each application or system is different and only the user has control of their own software. Companies that obtain these certifications and testing laboratories that grant them do not share copies of the certificates, either for security reasons, copyright or because the testing firms charge money to provide the certifications. ComScire’s true random generators used with customers’ applications have been certified several times by well-known testing laboratories throughout the world.
There is no FIPS approved non-deterministic (true) random number generator. The purpose of FIPS 140-2 is to coordinate the requirements and standards for cryptography modules that include both hardware and software components. As such, stand-alone generators like our PQ4000KS, PQ32MS and PQ128MS true random number generators, do not fall within the FIPS specified standards. Therefore, no FIPS “approval” would be available.
Internal Testing and Quality Assurance
ComScire PureQuantum® random generators are guaranteed to pass any properly designed test for randomness. Four randomly selected Model PQ4000KS generators were directly tested to more than 1 terabit of continuous output data without any indication of statistical defect, the Model PQ32MS was cumulatively tested to more than 70 terabits, and the Model PQ128MS was cumulatively tested to more than 300 terabits. All Model PQ4000KS generators are tested to at least 100 Gbits, and models PQ32MS and PQ128MS generators to at least 1 Tbit at the time of manufacture as part of our QA program. Our testing procedures are more stringent than any other manufacturers’. We have been selling online, world-wide for over 20 years – the longest of any hardware TRNG company, and we hold 5 issued patents (others pending) covering true random number generation and methods.