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2011 – A Very Good Year for Government Product Certifications at Cisco

As 2011 comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back at a very successful year for Cisco’s Global Certifications. Cisco is committed to government product certifications and has increased the investment to ensure customers can trust the integrity, security and interoperability of Cisco IT network systems. New certifications include:
- 12 FIPS 140-2 validations,
- 5 Common Criteria certifications,
- 25 new product listings on the US Department of Defense Unified Communications Approved Products List (UC APL),
- 13 new USGv6 certifications, and
- 12 new IPv6 Ready Logo Phase 2 certifications

These 67 new certifications, the most ever in one year at Cisco, continue to demonstrate Cisco’s commitment to our Public Sector customers. At the same time, these certifications improve product quality and security for all customers.

In addition to product certifications, Cisco continues to stress the importance of a single, standards-based, mutually recognized certification program, specifically Common Criteria, for evaluating product assurance. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) vendors cannot scale to demands from countries with unique product certification requirements. Not only does this impact the ability of vendors to improve product security but it reduces the portfolio of products customers have to choose from, thereby potentially reducing the security of their networks against emerging cyber security threats.

2012 will be an exciting year at Cisco for government product certifications. We will continue to look for ways to scale, both internally and externally, to the ever increasing demand for product certifications across a broader set of our product offerings. We also expect to deliver even more product certifications than we did in 2011. For more information on government product certification at Cisco, please visit us at www.cisco.com/go/govcerts.

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Government Product Certifications

Cisco believes in the value of, and is committed to, the government product certification process. My name is Gene Keeling, Director, Global Certification Team (GCT). Cisco is a leader in government product certifications. In April alone, Cisco received 10 government product certifications, specifically:

• Three FIPS 140-2 certificates for the Integrated Services Routers – Generation 2.
• Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager 8.0.2 was added to the US Department of Defense (DoD) Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a PBX1. This follows the previous UC APL listing of the product as a Local Session Controller (LSC).
• The Cisco 7206 VXR router was added to the DoD UC APL as a Customer Edge Router (CER).
• The Cisco ISR 3845 router was added to the DoD UC APL as an Edge Boundary Controller (EBC).
• Two FIPS 140-2 certificates and a Common Criteria certificate for the Nexus 7000 data center switch.
• MeetingPlace Express 2.1 was added to the DoD UC APL as a Customer Premise Equipment (CPE).

More information about Cisco’s GCT can be found at www.cisco.com/go/govcerts

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