NIST and NSA create partnership to revamp security product testing

The government's top computer security experts have established a new teaming
agreement for streamlining commercial security product evaluations.

Under the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), officials from the
National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency will work
together to devise evaluation tests and metrics to rate security products. NIST and NSA
will be responsible for developing test methods. Certified commercial laboratories will
conduct the evaluations for vendors.

NIST and NSA officials signed the partnership agreement late last month. Details
regarding staff and management responsibilities are under discussion.

Nevertheless, NIST officials said the partnership is the next step in revamping the
government's security product ratings system.

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