IT decision-makers and purchasing managers are constantly pressured to purchase the best solutions within the budgets available. The marketplace for IT solutions offers many choices that can be overwhelming at times. Trusted IT service providers and resellers can provide a filter to offer the best products to an organization, but most leaders making purchasing decisions like to have independent verification that the solutions they are considering will deliver what they need.
A way to provide this reassurance is via trusted standards. One such standard that is international in scope and applicable to network cybersecurity solutions like Progress LoadMaster is the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation standard — commonly known for simplicity as Common Criteria. LoadMaster was certified at the collaborative Protection Profile for Network Devices Version 2.2e in January 2023.
What is Common Criteria Certification?
Common Criteria and a companion standard called the Common Methodology for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CEM) form the technical underpinnings of an international agreement called the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA). Together these standards and international agreements ensure that:
- Competent and independent licensed laboratories can evaluate products to determine whether they provide particular security properties, and the level they attain.
- The certification of the security properties of any evaluated product can be issued by several Certificate Authorizing Schemes, with this certification based on the result of their evaluation.
- Certificates that get issued in one jurisdiction are recognized by authorities in other CCRA member states.
Full details are available on the Common Criteria portal website.
LoadMaster Attains Common Criteria Certification
As mentioned, LoadMaster was certified at the collaborative Protection Profile for Network Devices Version 2.2e in January 2023.
LoadMaster Protection Profile certification shows that it provides the standard set of security requirements for a network security product as defined within the Common Criteria. You can read more about LoadMaster Common Criteria certification via https://support.kemptechnologies.com/hc/en-us/articles/13150584197005-LoadMaster-Common-Criteria-Conformance/. The official LoadMaster Common Criteria certificate can be viewed as a PDF at https://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/files/epfiles/st_vid11280-ci.pdf.
Configuring LoadMaster for Common Criteria Certification
Configuring LoadMaster to support Common Criteria is straightforward for a LoadMaster Admin. But the bottom line for IT leaders and decision-makers is that they can approve the purchase and deployment of LoadMaster in the knowledge that it is a Common Criteria certified solution.