The Australasian Information Security Evaluation Program (AISEP) evaluates products in order to protect systems and information against cyber threats. These evaluation activities are certified by the Australasian Certification Authority (ACA).
For a list of products certified via the AISEP, see the Certified Products List (CPL) on the Common Criteria website.
The Common Criteria
AISEP policy and interpretations
Sometimes an interpretation is required from the ACA for content within the AISEP Policy Manual or for product evaluation processes and procedures. The AISEP Policy Manual and current AISEP interpretations are listed below.
Australasian Information Security Evaluation Facilities
An Australasian Information Security Evaluation Facility (AISEF) is a commercial facility licenced by ASD, and accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA), to conduct evaluations under the AISEP.
The Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) was established in 1998 in order for certification authorities to mutually recognise each other's certified products. Initially the CCRA was comprised of certification authorities from Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Australia and New Zealand joined the CCRA in 1999. A list of current participants can be found on the Common Criteria website.
Consumers can be confident that each participant of the CCRA ensures that evaluations are performed to a high and consistent standard. This eliminates the need for duplicating product evaluations within different countries.
A Protection Profile (PP) is a document that stipulates the security functionality that must be included in a product. Organisations can have confidence that evaluations against PPs will cover the expected security functionality of a given product type and address known cyber threats.
In the past, evaluations were conducted at a specified Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL); however, PPs do not incorporate this scale. During the transition from EALs to PPs, a cap of EAL 2 will apply to all EAL-based evaluations where a suitable PP does not exist yet. EAL-based evaluations will not considered where a suitable PP already exists.
The ACA endorses all collaborative Protection Profiles that are listed on the Common Criteria website. In addition, the below table includes PPs that are also endorsed by the ACA.
|Network and Network-Related Devices and Systems||Extended Package VPN Gateway (GW EP)||V2.1||2017-06-15|
|Network and Network-Related Devices and Systems||Extended Package Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS EP)||V2.11||2017-03-08|
Other PPs from the National Information Assurance Partnership may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A Joint Statement of Support on the use of PPs by the Australian, Canadian, United Kingdom and United States schemes is available for consideration.
Purchasing evaluated products
Organisation looking to purchase products should make a decision as to whether they require independent assurance of a product's security features. If so, purchasers should examine the information available on the CPL (such as the Security Target and Certification Report) for any product that they intend to purchase. On request, the ACA may be able to provide draft versions of the Security Target to potential Australian or New Zealand purchasers while the product is still in evaluation.
Of note, products where the vendor has an ongoing assurance continuity program involving discussion of changes with their certification authority (and conducting re-evaluation activities where necessary), or an evaluated flaw remediation process, will provide a much greater level of continuing assurance than those products that don't.
Products in evaluation
The following products are currently in evaluation within the AISEP.
|Blancco||Blancco Drive Eraser 6.9.1||EAL2|
|Juniper Networks Inc||Junos OS 19.3R1 for MX10003 and EX9253||NDcPPv2.1 and MACSec EPv1.2|
|PacketLight Networks Ltd||Packetlight PL2000 Series with Firmware v1.3.12||EAL2 + ALC_FLR.2|
|Juniper Networks Inc||Junos OS 20.2R1 for SRX380 Series||NDcPPv2.1, IPS EPv2.11, PP-Module for Firewalls, Version 1.3, PP-Module for VPN Gateways, version 1.0|
Requesting a product evaluation
To request an evaluation, please complete the sponsorship letter. We will work with you and the vendor to understand the evaluation aims, expectations and timeframes.
Frequently asked questions
What is an AISEP Acceptance Package?
An AISEP Acceptance Package contains documents prepared by the developer and an Australasian Information Security Facility. These include the Security Target and Protection Profile (if relevant) as well as any proposed timelines for the evaluation.
What is AISEP Assurance Continuity?
AISEP Assurance Continuity (AAC) is a process that allows a developer to request the extension of a certified product's assurance. In such cases, the product's developer is required to submit a proposal, known as an AAC maintenance task, to the ACA. This proposal contains an Impact Analysis Report (IAR). The ACA subsequently reviews the IAR to determine if the changes to the product are minor or major. Changes deemed as minor result in a maintenance update to the product's cetification while changes deemed as major warrant re-evaluation of the product.