NIAP: U.S. Government Approved Protection Profile - Protection Profile for Peripheral Sharing Device Version 4.0

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U.S. Government Approved Protection Profile - Protection Profile for Peripheral Sharing Device Version 4.0

Short Name: pp_psd_v4.0

Technology Type: Peripheral Switch

CC Version: 3.1

Date: 2019.07.19

Transition End Date: 2020.01.18

Preceded By: pp_pss_v3.0

Conformance Claim: None

Protection Profile [PDF]

Control Mapping [PDF]



This Protection Profile (PP), describing security requirements for a Peripheral Sharing Device (PSD), defined to provide a mechanism to securely connect a common set of peripherals to the attached computer(s), is intended to provide a minimal, baseline set of requirements that are targeted at mitigating well-defined and described threats. It represents an evolution of “traditional” Protection Profiles and the associated evaluation of the requirements contained within the document. This introduction will describe the features of a compliant Target of Evaluation (TOE) and will also discuss the evolutionary aspects of the PP as a guide to readers of the document.               


In the context of this PP, a PSD is an IT product for connecting one or more peripheral devices to one or more computers such that data cannot flow between computers by way of the peripherals or the PSD. Examples of PSDs that can claim compliance to this PP include Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) switches; Keyboard, Mouse (KM) switches; and Isolators.

A PSD may be composed of one or more hardware components or platforms, and its software or firmware. It may include cables and accessories. PSDs that support more than one computer include a user interface that includes a visible indication of the selected computer interface and a mechanism for changing the selected computer interface. The user interface can be implemented on the chassis of the PSD using, for example, a touch screen or lights and buttons, or as part of a wired remote control.

An Isolator or Filter PSD is a device that provides the same security functions as a KVM but only to a single connected computer. Isolators do not require continuous display of the active interface.

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