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Agencies to review Common Criteria

Federal civilian agencies will soon review the potential benefits of an international security standard as a guide for commercial software purchases, according to Karen Evans, the new administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of E-Government and Information Technology. The Bush administration’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace includes a plan to review the national security community’s use of the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme. That review is an important part of determining how to improve IT security in civilian agencies, Evans told the House Government Reform Committee today. In the United States, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency’s National Infrastructure Assurance Partnership (NIAP) oversee Common Criteria implementation. Products that pass are certified that they will do exactly what the vendor says. Full Story

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