The National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) is a United States government program designed to meet the security testing needs of information technology consumers and developers.
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The NIAP was developed to help improve consumers' information system and network security through the use of cost-effective security testing, evaluation and validation programs. The NIAP's projects target IT product developers, product vendors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, IT security researchers, acquisition and IT procurement authorities, consumers of IT products, auditors and accreditors.
To meet their goals, the NIAP:
- Promotes the development and use of evaluated IT products and systems.
- Champions the development and use of national and international IT security standards.
- Fosters research and development in IT security requirement definitions, test methods, tools, techniques and assurance metrics.
- Supports a framework for recognizing international security standards, and acceptance of IT security testing and evaluation results.
- Facilitates the development and growth of a commercial IT security testing industry within the U.S.
The NIAP was originally established as a joint effort between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) but is now under the management of the NSA alone.