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NIAP Oversees Evaluations of Commercial IT Products for Use in National Security Systems
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The National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) is responsible for U.S. implementation of the Common Criteria, including management of the NIAP Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) validation body.  NIAP manages a national program for developing Protection Profiles, evaluation methodologies, and policies that will ensure achievable, repeatable, and testable requirements.  In partnership with NIST, NIAP also approves Common Criteria Testing Laboratories to conduct these security evaluations in private sector operations across the U.S. 

NIAP takes a collaborative approach to technology-specific protection profile development by supporting the creation of international technical communities of representatives from industry, government, end users, and academia.  This results in consistent evaluation methodologies across U.S. testing labs and among labs associated with international Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement schemes. 

NIAP also works with NATO and international standards bodies (ISO) to share Common Criteria evaluation experiences and avoid duplication of effort.  In the U.S., NIAP engages with other National Security Systems (NSS) users to ensure Protection Profiles, along with their associated DoD Annexes, provide a streamlined certification path for IA and IA enabled COTS products employed with NSS. 

  • See the 2017 NIAP Annual Report to learn about NIAP 2017 accomplishments and activities.

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  • NIAP Endorses the Stateful Traffic Filter Firewalls collaborative Protection Profile v2.0

    NIAP has endorsed the Stateful Traffic Filter Firewalls (FW) collaborative Protection Profile (cPP) Version 2.0, and published the cPP and Supporting Documents to the NIAP Approved Protection Profile List.  This endorsement is a formal statement that products successfully evaluated against the FW cPP that demonstrate exact conformance to the cPP, and in compliance with all NIAP policies, will be placed on the NIAP Product Compliant List.

  • Protection Profile for Certification Authorities Version 2.1 Published

    The National Information Assurance Partnership/Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (NIAP/CCEVS) is pleased to announce the posting of the PP for Certification Authorities Version 2.1.  This PP includes updates based on questions sent to the Certification Authorities Technical Rapid Response Team and provides clarification to many requirements and assurance activities.




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