Product security certifications are an effective way to competitively position a product in the security market. A FIPS 140-2 validation, Common Criteria certification, or listing on the UC APL can open doors to significant new revenue opportunities for companies, within both North American and global public sectors as well as the global private sector. These security certifications can be used as marketing tools to break into new areas of business and tap into previously untouched markets.
Technology has changed at a staggering rate, accompanied by an increase in the sophistication of cyber threats. U.S. and international governments are now protecting critical infrastructures by requiring security certifications for specific products. Government best practices are increasingly being adopted by the private sector, such as energy, utilities, health care, and financial services; making products with security certifications highly sought after for many security sensitive networks around the world.
Security certifications offer assurance to organization’s customers, investors and shareholders that the company is committed to maintaining the highest levels of product security. Industries around the globe are looking for products that have gone through the rigors of security certifications, and are now backed by countries worldwide. Perhaps the foremost reason that a product vendor pursues security certifications, is to reinforce or gain a competitive edge.