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Solaris Security Certifications Resource Center

Linda Gallops, last updated on 2010-01-26

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This resource center describes the Common Criteria standard and why it's important to Sun.

What Is the Common Criteria?

The Common Criteria (CC) is an international standard for computer security certification. It provides a clear and reliable evaluation of the security capabilities of Information Technology (IT) products. By implementing an independent assessment of a product's ability to meet security standards, the CC provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation, and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous and standard manner.

The CC allows users to purchase IT products from other countries with confidence, because a certification is recognized among all the complying nations. This agreement is known as the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA). For more information, see Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA) *.

The Business Need

The U.S. government, foreign governments, and other customers with high security needs require a Certificate of Common Criteria Evaluation before the Solaris Operating System and the hardware that was evaluated with the Solaris OS can be approved for use within their agencies.

Related Security Resources

See the following security resources for more info:



For More Information

Here are additional resources.

Oracle Solaris resources:

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