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DNV GL’s UK cyber security laboratory fully accredited

DNV GL’s centre of excellence for smart energy and cyber security testing expertise has achieved UKAS accreditation and CESG recognition. After several months of intense assessment, the newly-opened Technical Assurance Laboratory (DTAL) based in Peterborough has been accredited and recognised to offer Common Criteria and Commercial Product Assurance testing.

Common Criteria (CC) is an international standard that allows products to be evaluated and tested against a range of internationally agreed Protection Profiles. This enables manufacturers to achieve the necessary certifications to sell their products in valuable markets, such as the US Federal Government market, as it demonstrates that their products have been independently tested and assured, providing increased confidence in the vital security performance of those products.

Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) testing is a UK specific scheme where product evaluations are performed against the UK’s published Security Characteristics, such as encryption devices (encrypted removable media, full disk encryption), smart metering, virtualisation and network devices, such as firewalls. Companies far and wide are opting to use certified products to help secure IT architecture to minimise the risk to loss of data or disruption of service.

Simon Milford, Head of Cyber Security Evaluation & Testing, DNV GL – Energy said: “I’m delighted that our lab is now fully accredited to offer both CC and CPA evaluations to customers around the world. These evaluation services are an important extension of the consultancy services we provide and will enable our customers to gain certifications, which will help them access global markets. Accreditation also gives end customers increased confidence that the products evaluated and tested in our lab and certified by CESG meet International Standards on cyber security functionality. We look forward to supporting businesses globally to address vitally important cyber security issues.”

Martin Chitty, Director and Area Manager UK, DNV GL – Energy commented: “Cyber security is of great importance in our increasingly interconnected world. Systems are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and we have to ensure that energy systems are secured against external threats. As our Technical Assurance Lab is now accredited we are even better prepared to support the mass roll-out of smart metering to UK households and businesses.”
Source: DNV GL

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