WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fidelis Security Systems, a market leader in advanced threat defense solutions, today announced that its award-winning Fidelis XPSTM 7.0 has been awarded EAL 2+ certification in the IDS/IPS product category for meeting the security requirements defined by the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation. In the United States, federal agencies mandate that all IT products purchased by the U.S. government for national security systems are Common Criteria certified. With 25 other countries also recognizing the standard, international customers are increasingly seeking Common Criteria-certified products as well because of the rigorous certification process.
“Our customers are engaged in a battle to defend against global threats that are getting more sophisticated and stealthy, and it’s important for them to demand products that have proven to be innovative and capable of this critically important task.”
Common Criteria is an important worldwide evaluation standard for IT hardware, software and firmware security products. To demonstrate conformance, products are evaluated against a strict set of security functionality requirements by an accredited commercial testing lab using Common Evaluation methodology. This latest accreditation for Fidelis XPS 7.0 builds on a previous certification, achieved in 2008, for Fidelis XPS 5.0.3, which was the first data leakage prevention solution to conform to Common Criteria. The resulting certification, EAL 2+ augmented with ALC_FLR_3, in the IDS/IPS category, demonstrates Fidelis XPS 7.0’s conformance to Common Criteria.
"We appreciate the level of testing and analysis that goes into achieving this recognition, which is why we sought certification for our advanced threat solution,” said Peter George, president, Fidelis Security Systems. “Our customers are engaged in a battle to defend against global threats that are getting more sophisticated and stealthy, and it’s important for them to demand products that have proven to be innovative and capable of this critically important task.”
“Common Criteria certification is effectively a ‘must-have’ for most security products to be used by U.S. businesses and federal agencies – and it should be. To buyers it speaks not only to product assurance, but also to the commitment of a vendor to the security market,” said Greg Young, research VP at Gartner, Inc.
Fidelis XPS 7.0 was evaluated by an independent testing lab using Common Evaluation methodology. This was followed by an independent validation of the evaluation results via Common Criteria authorized schemes.
Built on a patented Deep Session Inspection® platform, Fidelis XPS is an industry-leading network security appliance with the power to deliver network visibility, analysis, and control over all ports and all channels in real-time, defend against advanced threats, and prevent the possibility of a data breach on multi-gigabit-speed networks. Simply deployed as a context-aware network appliance, Fidelis XPS can give global enterprises unequalled accuracy, security, and performance.
For more information regarding the Fidelis XPS certification for conformance with Common Criteria specifications, please visit http://www.niap-ccevs.org/vpl/.
About Common Criteria
The Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC) is a set of evaluation criteria agreed to by the United States' National Security Agency/National Institute of Standards and Technologies and equivalent bodies in 25 other countries. It was designed to resolve the technical and conceptual differences among existing standards for the evaluation of security systems and products. Certification to the Common Criteria requires in-depth analysis of product design and development methodology, backed by extensive testing. Common Criteria is currently recognized by the following countries: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
The Common Criteria represents the outcome of efforts to develop criteria for evaluation of IT security that are widely accepted within the international community. Further information is available at http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org.
About Fidelis Security Systems
Since 2002, Fidelis Security Systems has been providing organizations with the network visibility, analysis and control necessary to manage advanced threats and prevent data breaches. Built on a patented Deep Session Inspection® platform, Fidelis XPS™ is an industry-leading network security solution that’s capable of seeing, studying, and stopping advanced threats in real-time by uniquely working at the session-level where today’s threats occur. Fidelis enables its government, military, and commercial enterprise customers around the globe to achieve proactive situational awareness, content protection, threat mitigation, and application activity control. Visit www.FidelisSecurity.com to learn more.
General Dynamics acquired Fidelis Security Systems in August 2012. Fidelis Security Systems is a part of Fairfax, Va.-based General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a provider of end-to-end intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions across all domains.
For more information about General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, please visit www.gd-ais.com.