Web access app gets Common Criteria certification

Web access app gets Common Criteria certification

IBM Corp. today announced that its Tivoli Access Manager software, an application that controls access to online information, has received international Common Criteria security certification.

The software was certified under Evaluation Assurance Level 3, said Chris O'Connor, IBM's director for corporate security. The EAL3 certification requires that the application's security functions have been methodically tested and checked.

For the Common Criteria test, Tivoli Access Manager 4.1 was tested on four operating systems: IBM AIX 5.2, Sun Solaris 8, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server with Service Pack 3 and Suse Linux Enterprise Server 8.

Atsec Information Security GmbH of Germany performed the testing, which was then certified with the German Federal Office for Information Security, O'Connor said. The United States is one of the nations that recognizes Common Criteria certification.

The evaluation of the Tivoli application is part of a broader IBM strategy to gain EAL3 certification for apps that agencies can use for e-government projects, O'Connor said. Several other IBM products, including its WebSphere Application Server, are currently being evaluated through the Common Criteria program.

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