India achieves another milestone in Electronics & IT sector

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New Delhi: India has been recognized as ‘Authorizing Nation’ under the international Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) to test and certify Electronics and IT products with respect to cyber security.

Thus, India has become the 17th nation to earn such recognition. This international Arrangement has 26 Member countries. USA, UK, Germany, South Korea, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Malaysia etc. are the other countries who have this recognition. CCRA is the top international agency that defines common processes to certify IT products used in infrastructure networks in telecom, power, aviation and defence sectors.

So far India was having the status of ‘Consuming Nation’ with respect to certification of Electronics and IT products. The status of ‘Authorizing Nation’ will enable India to test IT and Electronics products and issue Certificates which will be acceptable internationally. The recognition would also remove the bottleneck which as of now had prevented international companies from submitting their products for testing and certification in India.

The recognition would also enable investment in setting up infrastructure and labs in public and private sectors in India for testing Electronics and IT products. With this new status, India could emerge as a low-cost hub for testing security-sensitive IT products used in telephone and other critical infrastructure networks.

Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) under the Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India has been operating Common Criteria Certification (CC Certification) scheme in India for the last 5-6 years. Under it STQC undertakes certification of Electronics and IT products after evaluation of the products at its lab in Kolkata. The Certificates issued by STQC Directorate shall now be acceptable internationally by all CCRA member countries.

Kerala IT News

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