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Assurance Continuity - McAfee Network Security Platform (NSM Linux Appliance v10.1.19.17 and NS Sensor Appliances v10.1.17.15)

Date of Maintenance Completion:  2021.03.09

Product Type:    Network Device

Conformance Claim:  Protection Profile Compliant

PP Identifier:    collaborative Protection Profile for Network Devices Version 2.1
  Extended Package for Intrusion Prevention Systems Version 2.11

Original Evaluated TOE:  2020.11.09 - McAfee Network Security Platform (NSM Linux Appliance v10.1.19.17 and NS Sensor Appliances v10.1.17.15)

CC Certificate [PDF] Validation Report [PDF] Assurance Activity [PDF]

Administrative Guide [PDF]

Please note:  The above files are for the Original Evaluated TOE.  Consequently, they do not refer to this maintained version, although they apply to the maintained version. 

Security Target [PDF] * Assurance Continuity Maintenance Report [PDF] Administrative Guide [PDF]

Please note:  This serves as an addendum to the VR for the Original Evaluated TOE. 

* This is the Security Target (ST) associated with this latest Maintenance Release.  To view previous STs for this TOE, click here.

Readers are reminded that the certification of this product (TOE) is the result of maintenance, rather than an actual re-evaluation of the product.  Maintenance only considers the affect of TOE changes on the assurance baseline (i.e. the original evaluated TOE); maintenance is not intended to provide assurance in regard to the resistance of the TOE to new vulnerabilities or attack methods discovered since the date of the initial certificate.  Such assurance can only be gained through re-evaluation. 

Using a security impact analysis of the changes made to the TOE, which was provided by the developer, the CCEVS has determined that the impact of changes on the TOE are considered minor and that independent evaluator analysis was not necessary.  A summary of the results can be found in the Maintenance Report, which is written in relation to the product's original validation report and Security Target.  Readers are therefore reminded to read the Security Target, Validation Report, and the Assurance Maintenance Report to fully understand the meaning of what a maintained certificate represents. 

Product Description

In the updated ST, version 1.2, Tables 2, TOE Appliance Series and Models, was updated to add the new hardware model number, IPS-NS7500. The newly added platform is a variant of the IPS-NS7*** with a faster processor. The others in this series are IPS-NS7150, IPS-NS7250, IPS-NS7350, IPS-NS7100, IPS-NS7200, and IPS-NS7300. The faster processor, Xeon Gold 5218N (Cascade Lake), has the Cascade lake microarchitecture, which is the same microarchitecture as the already included IPS-NS9500. This new hardware model does not introduce any new functionality. There is no difference in the software running on the appliance. As shown in the table below, an excerpt from Table 2 in the ST, the differences from the IPS-NS9500 and the IPS-NS7500 are shown to be with the processor, the memory,  and the storage.



Memory (Size

and Qty)



NS Sensor Appliances


2 x Xeon GOLD 6138 or

12 x 16GB

2 x 240GB SSD

Scalable (Skylake)

2 x Xeon GOLD 6230

12 x 16GB

2 x 240GB SSD

2nd Gen Scalable (Cascade Lake)



1 x Xeon GOLD 5218N


6 x 16GB


1 x 240GB SSD

2nd Gen Scalable (Cascade Lake)

Vendor Information

McAfee, LLC
Mark Hanson
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