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Short Take: NCSA to certify crypto products

National Computer Security is developing criteria to certify digital security products that use cryptography. Proposed criteria, to be discussed tomorrow at a cryptography conference, include using an accepted cryptographic algorithm, implementing the algorithm without security-degrading mistakes, and passing input-output "black-box" testing. The criteria are a step toward adding crypto testing to the company's certification offerings. Testing will begin September 15, with results announced December 8.

National Computer Security is developing criteria to certify digital security products that use cryptography. Proposed criteria, to be discussed tomorrow at a cryptography conference, include using an accepted cryptographic algorithm, implementing the algorithm without security-degrading mistakes, and passing input-output "black-box" testing. The criteria are a step toward adding crypto testing to the company's certification offerings. Testing will begin September 15, with results announced December 8.