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.
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.