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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. 

  • The DoD Annex for the Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile (MDF PP) v3.1 has been published to the NIAP Protection Profile website.  This DoD Annex is used to mandate specific PP selections, assignments, and security functional requirements to be fully compliant with DoD cybersecurity policies, and applies to all DoD-administered systems and all systems connected to DoD networks.                  

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

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  • NIAP has endorsed the Network Device collaborative Protection Profile v2.0 (NDcPP v2.0) and published the cPP and Supporting Documents to the NIAP Approved PP List.  This endorsement is a formal statement that products successfully evaluated against the ND cPP that demonstrate exact conformance to the cPP, and in compliance with all NIAP policies, will be placed on the NIAP Product Compliant List.  The updated NDcPP v2.0 allows for evaluation of devices that are suitable for the use cases identified in the ...

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  • VPN Client EP V2.0 Published

    The National Information Assurance Partnership/Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (NIAP/CCEVS) is pleased to announce the posting of the VPN Client Extended Package (VPN Client EP), Version 2.0.  The EP extends the GPOS PP when the VPN client is installed on an operating system (e.g., Windows, Mac OS, Linux),  the MDF PP when the VPN client is installed on a self-contained mobile device that is bundled with an operating system (e.g. Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Windows Mobile), ...

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