Lab certified to test security software
- By Diane Frank
- Aug 15, 2000
The government has certified CygnaCom Solutions Inc.'s Security Evaluation
Laboratory to test information security software based on international
criteria established to assure users that security products perform the
functions that vendors claim.
The laboratory accreditation, announced Monday, comes from the National
Infrastructure Assurance Partnership (NAIP), a collaboration of the National
Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency.
The partnership oversees the certification of laboratories and testing of
products under the Common Criteria evaluation and validation program, an
international standard that experts are encouraging civilian agencies to
consider when purchasing security products.
National security agencies already are required to give preference to
products that have been accredited under the Common Criteria scheme. NIST
in March issued a set of draft guidelines suggesting that civilian agencies
give weight to products that have been accredited under the scheme. Final
guidelines are due out later this year.
The CygnaCom laboratory is accredited under the NIST National Voluntary
Laboratory Accreditation Program to perform testing for all four levels
of evaluation assurance available under the scheme.
A full list of Common Criteria testing laboratories is due out this
week on the NIAP Common Criteria site.