CERTIFIED. SECURE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT with COMMON CRITERIA

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1 CERTIFIED SECURE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT with COMMON CRITERIA

2 CONTENT CC IN A NUTSHELL CC BACKGROUND AIM AND GOAL OF CC ADVANTAGES OF CC WHY DO WE RECOMMEND CC TO DEVELOPERS? WHEN IS CC THE RIGHT CHOICE? EVALUATION PROCESS EVALUATION ASSURANCE LEVELS GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE WHAT DO WE OFFER? 1

3 COMMON CRITERIA IN A NUTSHELL Common Criteria is a security evaluation and certification programme, assuring the certified products resistance against threats and also that they are functionally trustworthy. The Common Criteria Scheme is unique, because it is accepted all over the world, through the governmental association called CCRA (Common Criteria Recognition Agreement) of 25 countries at the moment, and also with varying conditions through other associations like SOGIS (Senior Officials Group Information Systems Security), a European governmental group. It is also unique, because the standard is not about actual security requirements, but a set of rules about how to create a product line-fitted requirement list called Protection Profile, which can be refined to be a specific security standard of an actual Product, called a Security Target. The evaluation and the certification of the product is against this document. 2

4 COMMON CRITERIA BACKGROUND The Common Criteria has been alive and working for 16 years now, which is a long time in security. It is constantly renewed and rethought, the new release of it 3.1. version is coming soon, before the end of During the International Common Criteria Conference 2015 in Windsor, both the EU and the NATO reconfirmed that they support and use Common Criteria in they procurements to make sure that the products they buy and use are secure. This is the final filter, as it means that it is fit even for Military use. 3

5 AIM AND GOAL OF COMMON CRITERIA The original goal of Common Criteria was to allow a method for the customers to specify the security requirements of products according to their needs and in a standardized way, so that the manufacturers and developers were able to specify and develop the products according to the requirements, conformant to the customer needs and also to the security requirements. This original aim has been slightly transformed since, as international organizations define the requirements of product categories according to the Common Criteria. The certifications according to these requirement frameworks are an assurance that the certified products resist against the threats and also functionally trustworthy. 4 The other aim was and this remained that all around the world mutually recognized product categories get developed, which are accepted everywhere. The headlines in connection with the protected data of evaluated products are confidentiality, integrity and availability. The standard in summary assesses the aim of the product, the physical and logical environment, and gives a standardized approach through assumptions, threats and policies, which are the security objectives, to choose security requirements (functional, assurance and environmental), and these will be the requirements of the product. The aim of the certification is to prove that the product conforms to the requirements.

6 ADVANTAGES OF COMMON CRITERIA Some of the main advantages of Common Criteria are: The standard was created reviewing the previously existing methods, it is widely used and accepted. Because of the independent evaluations the products evaluated according to the certain requirement collections (called Protection Profiles) are comparable. You can offer assuredly reliable and secure products, which the market will accept without any doubt if you have a Certificate. The products will comply to the continuously enhancing security needs. The product will be accepted in most countries if it has a Certificate. The international and government procurements frequently require a CC Certificate. 5

7 WHY DO WE RECOMMEND CC TO DEVELOPERS? 1. Common Criteria is a standard about Information Technology Security Evaluation, which, is true to its name : Commonly accepted all over the World, in 25 countries. 2. The standard defines a construct of creating the system of the product security, in an implementation-independent structure called Protection Profile, or in an implementation-dependent structure called Security Target, giving the possibility to create a truly product-fitting security requirement construct The security requirements are set up in a system based on the assets of the product, and the threats to be countered, taking into consideration the security policies and assumptions, satisfying the security objectives, thus producing an effective security system. 4. If the requirements cannot be chosen from the predefined set, there is a possibility and a defined method to create entirely new requirements. 5. The product is made more secure during the evaluation process, which helps the developers with the observations by evaluation experts.

8 WHY DO WE RECOMMEND CC TO DEVELOPERS? 6. There are 7 predefined evaluation depths called Evaluation Assurance Levels, and a possibility to create new ones, giving the chance to conduct the evaluation method best fit for the needs of developers or customers. 7. The evaluated and certified products can be compared by the customers. 8. The customer recognition of the certified product is higher, because the evaluation and certification experts are trusted by the consumers. 9. There are many tenders where the customers ask for a Common Criteria Certificate of the product. During the ICCC 2015 conference, both the EU and NATO backed up Common Criteria, stating that the CC Certifications played and will play a significant role in the procurements of the associations. 10. There are already more than 2500 certified products. 11. Common Criteria certification is a mandatory requirement for a growing number of applications. 7

9 WHEN IS CC THE RIGHT CHOICE? Common Criteria is a great choice for a wide range of applications. We especially recommend it for: Card applets (ID cards, access cards, signature cards, etc.) Detection Devices and Systems(Log analysers, Vulnerability managers, etc.) Data Protection Software (Backup solutions, Cryptographic solutions, etc.) Access control systems (Access analysers, Authentication systems, Policy managers, etc.) Boundary Protection Systems ( Software firewalls, Secure messaging platforms, etc.) Other systems (Smart Metering, Smart devices, Mobile computing, RFID systems, etc.) Some other recommended areas of application include: Access Control Devices and Systems Biometric Systems and Devices Boundary Protection Devices and Systems Data Protection Databases Detection Devices and Systems ICs, Smart Cards and Smart Card-Related Devices and Systems Key Management Systems Multi-Function Devices Network and Network-Related Devices and Systems Operating Systems Products for Digital Signatures 8

10 EVALUATION AND CERTIFICATION PROCESS The evaluation and certification methodology can be found in the document called Common Evaluation Methodology, and in the chosen National Scheme documents. It is important to clear the roles at the beginning of the process. The Certification process is not necessarily about the compliance of the Product, the documents containing the requirements the Protection Profile or Security Target can also be certified. If the development has been done according to already certified documents, the evaluation assurance levels are determined before the beginning of the certification, and with this decision the mandatory documents are also determined. This step is followed by the schedule of the evaluations. If the schedule is accepted by both parties, the evaluators revise the target of the evaluation according to requirements, one by one. If there are non-conformities or doubts the evaluators communicate these with the developer. Usually the developer has the opportunity to revise the non-conformities during the evaluation. The revisions naturally lead to repeated evaluations. The results of the evaluations will appear in Evaluation Reports, according to which the Certification Body of the chosen scheme can issue the Certificate. 9

11 EVALUATION ASSURANCE LEVELS (EALs) The Evaluation Assurance Levels (EALs) provide an increasing scale that balances the level of assurance obtained with the cost and feasibility of acquiring that degree of assurance. The CC approach identifies the separate concepts of assurance in a TOE at the end of the evaluation, and of maintenance of that assurance during the operational use of the TOE. There are 7 predefined EALs and the possibility to create new custom levels as well. Generally it can be stated that the highest attainable assurance level of the commercial products is the EAL4. 10 It is a general custom that only the evaluation assurance level is indicated with the fact that the product is certified, but it can also be recommended to list the Protection Profile containing the general requirements, or even the Security Target containing the requirements tailored to the special needs of the product. The predefined EAL levels are the following: EAL1: functionally tested EAL2: structurally tested EAL3: methodically tested and checked EAL4: methodically designed, tested, and reviewed EAL5: semiformally designed and tested EAL6: semiformally verified design and tested EAL7: formally verified design and tested

12 GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE The geographical coverage is split according to the certification-capability of the participant states. There are Certificate Providers (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States), and Certificate Consumers (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Pakistan). Our software evaluation laboratory - CCLAB - Systrans - is accredited through the Italian Scheme. 11

13 WHAT DO WE OFFER? We are the only CC accredited lab in whole Central-Europe, There are no other licensed laboratories, for another 765 km to the West, 1000 km to the South, or the North, and 8000 km to the East, We are licensed under the Italian Scheme, which is part of both the CCRA and the SOGIS, We are licensed up to the Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+, which is most probably the highest level you will need. Due to the Central-European labor cost landscape our Laboratory can offer higher proficiency paired with competitive prices, and we mean it! 12

14 LET US MANAGE YOUR COMMON CRITERIA CERTIFICATION PROJECT! CONTACT US FOR A CONSULTATION: WEB: dosell.io MOBILE:

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