Common Criteria Certification is a rigorous process that includes product testing by a third-party laboratory that has been accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) to perform evaluation of products against security requirements. Products are tested against functional security requirements based on predefined Evaluations Assurance Levels (EALs).
For health care, financial services and other industries, the need for security is no less important. Whether they are protecting their customers' privacy, or intellectual and financial assets, assurance that networks, hard drives and phone lines are safe and secure from hackers, viruses and other malicious activities is critical. Common Criteria Certification, while not a requirement outside the federal government, can provide independent validation.