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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. 


  • 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.

     

     

     

  • Call for Participants for Bluetooth Technical Community

    The National Information Assurance Partnership/Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (NIAP/CCEVS) is pleased to invite interested parties to be part of a Technical Community (TC) for the development of a Protection Profile Module for Bluetooth functionality.  Members of this TC are expected to provide technical input to the development of a Protection Profile Module for a baseline set of Security Functional Requirements (SFRs) for products th...

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  • Call for Participants for Transport Layer Security (TLS) Technical Community

    The National Information Assurance Partnership/Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (NIAP/CCEVS) is pleased to invite interested parties to be part of a technical community for the development of a protection profile for Transport Layer Security (TLS). Members of this TC are expected to provide technical input to the development of a Protection Profile for a baseline set of Security Functio...

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  • Update on Labgram #106/Valgram #126 "Impact of NIST 2017 Transitions to NIAP."

    NIAP is rescinding Labgram #106/Valgram #126 "Impact of NIST 2017 Transitions to NIAP."  Following discussions with our subject matter experts and NIST's announcement regarding the transition delay (https://csrc.nist.gov/News/2017/Transition-Plans-for-Key-Establishment-Schemes), NIAP has decided that Labgram #106 will be archived and no part of it will be enforced.

     

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  • See the NIAP Third Quarter Progress Report to learn about recent NIAP accomplishments and activities, and upcoming releases.

    Read the report here.

  • PP-Module for Virtual Private Network (VPN) Clients 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-Module for Virtual Private Network (VPN) Clients Version 2.1.  Minor updates were made to convert the predecessor VPN Client Extended Package v2.0 to a PP-Module in accordance with the recently published CC Version 3.1 R5.  Given the minimal changes, this ver...

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