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Tripwire gets gov't certification

Security and data-integrity firm Tripwire announced on Monday that two of the company's products--Tripwire for Servers 3.0 and Tripwire Manager 3.0--received the Common Criteria certification for use in limited government applications. The Common Criteria, an international standard administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States, grades products based not only on their security and reliability, but also on the development and support processes that ensure quick responses to problems.

Tripwire has received the certifications at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 1, the lowest of seven levels. The highest grade that a commercial software laboratory can certify is EAL 4, with higher grades available from government labs. In total, 14 countries have signed onto the treaty that recognizes the Common Criteria certification.