Masktech gets Common Criteria certification for chip solutions

February 6, 2013 - 

Masktech has announced that its MTCOS standard and professional series chip solutions have been issued new Common Criteria EAL4+ certificates by the German Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

The German BSI — or Federal Office for Information Security – issued Masktech’s certification based on the latest protection profiles and CC Version 3.1 used in eID and ePassport applications.

Hardware used in this new product line is the SLE78CLX series, a high security controllwe available with crypto co-processor in various memory configurations. Masktech’s MTCOS standard and professional systems are chip solutions intended for eID programs. The Professional line also has PKI features.

“It is the first time in more than 25-year history of chip cards that data is now processed on a CPU itself in encrypted form. Integrity Guard represents a huge leap forward compared to conventional security strategies that lack capabilities like end-to-end encryption of the data path, continuous monitoring, and cross-checking between two CPUs,” semiconductor and sensors manufacturer Infineon said in a statement.

With Common Criteria, products are evaluatied using strict standards that validate the product’s security, design process, development environment, functionality, vulnerability handling, testing and documentation.

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