10 breakthroughs in IT security

Big ideas that altered the course of information security

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The Common Criteria: The Common Criteria effort took shape in the 1990's as friendly nations sought a common methodology and accreditation process for evaluating security in computer systems to eliminate expensive duplication of product testing. That breakthrough came in 1998 when Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the US signed the Common Criteria recognition agreement for test methods and labs. Today, many governments required Common Criteria-evaluated products, and while the process has its critics, over 25 countries today are counted as Common Criteria members.

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