NSA certifies vendors to help agencies test security

NSA certifies vendors to help agencies test security

The National Security Agency has cleared seven companies to take part in a program to help agencies and private industry evaluate their information security.

The Infosec Assessment Training and Rating Program validates companies qualified to assess information security. The companies were evaluated against NSA's Infosec Assessment Capability Maturity Model. The participating companies use either NSA's Infosec Assessment Methodology or similar techniques.

IATRP is intended to help agencies comply with Presidential Decision Directive 63 and other regulations that call for agencies to conduct vulnerability assessments on information systems. Participating companies can provide training in the Infosec Assessment Methodology and are rated so customers can decide whether a provider meets its needs.

The participating companies are Backbone Security.com Inc. of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va.; Computer Sciences Corp.; Electronic Data Systems Corp.; Lucent Technologies Inc. of Murray Hill, N.J.; SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va.; and TrustWave Corp. of Annapolis, Md.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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