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How Heartbleed Affects Your Security Certifications

Much has been in the news over the past couple of months about the security vulnerability known as Heartbleed. It is of vital interest to businesses and consumers, but especially so for businesses with products intended to provide security for their users. There are some specific and unique impacts to companies who are planning or are in the midst…

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Common Criteria Certification: What Is It?

Do you need to open the door to sell your IT security product to the U.S. government? That seems like it should be a process that is simple to work through, but think again. Any IT security product that will be used by the U.S. government for national security systems, either to handle classified and even some non-classified…

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Maximize ROI: Market Your Certification

Taking the time, effort and resources to achieve FIPS or Common Criteria certification or UC APL listing is a big deal. It’s not an insignificant investment, and when it’s finally completed, you want to see a significant return, right? The most obvious solution is just to sell more product. And while this may seem both simple and obvious, we all know…

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Entropy Testing: Tips for Meeting Requirements

In the second post of our two-part series, we continue our discussion with panelists from Computer Sciences Corporation: Lachlan Turner, Jason Cunningham, and Maureen Barry. Continuing where we left off with last week’s post, we’ll dive deeper into entropy and answer some of the many questions now arising…

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Entropy for FIPS and Common Criteria: What Is It?

In the world of cryptography, data is only safe as long as the keys used to protect that data are kept secure. While, on one hand, this means that keys must be protected against unauthorized access, it also means that keys must be created in a way that makes them difficult for an attacker to guess. To produce cryptographically strong…

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A Look Back: 2013 for FIPS, Common Criteria and DoDIN APL

The end of the year is a great time to look back at important milestones and use what we’ve learned to plan for the upcoming year. This year, clearing the air where myths and misconceptions were concerned was a theme that we saw come up repeatedly at Corsec, and laying the groundwork for smooth process…

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Dispelling FIPS Certification Myths

There are plenty of myths out there about FIPS and what it really takes to achieve validation. During our most recent webinar, “Top 10 Myths about FIPS,” we dispelled some of those myths and gave insight into what it really means to be FIPS validated and how your company can navigate the complicated validation process because of the level of detail, time, and cost involved, there…

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Decisions In A FIPS 140-2 Validation

Trying to decide whether to perform a FIPS 140-2 validation on your product? It can actually be a pretty black and white decision. If you want to sell any product containing cryptography to any U.S. government agency or department, then the answer is clear cut: you need a FIPS validation. FIPS 140-2 validation is required for products that contain…

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Understanding Common Criteria Technical Working Groups

I recently had a conversation with a product vendor who was new to the Common Criteria community and it was refreshing to talk about and look at the Common Criteria “machine” from an outside perspective. One of the interesting parts of that machine is the Common Criteria User Forum (CCUF). It provides a voice and communications…

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The Last Details on ICMC 2013 and What to Look for Next Year

Is it too late to talk about the International Cryptographic Modules Conference (ICMC)? Well, it really depends on how you look at it. If you were looking for a timely recap of the conference, then yes, I guess it is. But if you missed any of the details, this might be your last chance to catch up. And planning has just begun for next year’s conference…

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NIAP’s Targeted Assurance Protection Profiles: Different, Not Less Secure

One way for a product vendor to make sure that a product undergoing a Common Criteria (CC) evaluation is providing expected security functionality is to conform to a Protection Profile (PP) for that product type. PPs outline the appropriate security functionality for a given product type, and are usually…

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Technical Communities: Creating Common Criteria Protection Profiles

Who is Defining the Criteria That Your Products Will Need to be Evaluated Against? I have been involved in the Common Criteria (CC) community since the first International Common Criteria Conference (ICCC) in 2000. While I spend a lot of my time down in the weeds of Common Criteria issues, it’s refreshing to look at the Common…

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FIPS Certification Process

I have recently read several online articles questioning what it means for a cryptographic module to be FIPS 140-2 validated. While the FIPS 140-2 validation process is very complicated and replete with regulations, some of the information presented in the articles themselves and the comments made by…

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More from the ICCC: Update on CNSSP #11 and Common Criteria

In my last post, I brought everyone up to speed on some happenings from the recent ICCC Conference in Orlando, including the revised Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) and its implications. There was a great deal of other discussion on various topics of interest, including the subject of collaboration…

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U.S. Government Shutdown Impacts FIPS Validations

As you know, the U.S. federal government officially shut down many of its operations. This shutdown directly affects NIST and, as a result, impacts its FIPS validation activities. We are sending you this e-mail to let you know what resources Corsec has available and how this situation will impact your validation efforts.

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Updates from ICCC Include CCRA Revisions

Some of us from Corsec recently attended the 14th International Common Criteria Conference (ICCC) in Orlando, Florida, and we came away feeling that the Common Criteria (CC) community is finally coming together in many positive ways. After several years of difficult transition into defining the new CC paradigm of collaborative Protection Profiles (cPPs) and international Technical Communities (iTCs),…

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Updates from the Joint CCDB/CCUF Workshop

It’s always great to get together with others from our industry to discuss advances and collaborate on moving processes forward for Common Criteria. Last month, several of us had the opportunity to work with colleagues from around the world at two separate events in Orlando, Florida. A group of us spent the first two weeks of September in Orlando, as Corsec sent multiple…

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Planning Leads to Smooth Sailing in DoDIN APL Listing: Webinar Recap

Getting your product listed on the DoD UC APL can seem like a Herculean task. We’ve talked before about the ins and outs of the entire listing process, but anyone who has considered any type of IT security validation knows that making the process as efficient as possible is as key as paying attention to the details. Last week, Corsec Co-Founder…

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Common Criteria Schemes: Tips for Making the Right Choice

So many decisions, so little time. You’ve heard—and likely experienced—this mantra. And if you read this blog regularly, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that security validations involve making a whole host of decisions. When pursuing Common Criteria certification, one often perplexing, yet critical decision I hear people lament…