The SOG-IS agreement was produced in response to the EU Council Decision of March 31st 1992 (92/242/EEC) in the field of security of information systems, and the subsequent Council recommendation of April 7th (1995/144/EC) on common information technology security evaluation criteria.
The agreement was updated in January 2010 and the full text can be downloaded in the section "Agreement" of the Web site. Participants in this Agreement are government organisations or government agencies from countries of the European Union or EFTA (European Free Trade Association), representing their country or countries. As of June 2011, the national bodies participating in the agreement are:
|Finland, FICORA - Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority|
|France, ANSSI - Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information|
|Germany, BSI - Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik|
|Italy, OCSI - Organismo di Certificazione della Sicurezza Informatica|
|The Netherlands , NLNCSA - Netherlands National Communications Security Agency, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations|
|Norway, SERTIT - Norwegian National Security Authority operates the Norwegian Certification Authority for IT Security|
|Spain, CCN - Centro Criptológico Nacional, Organismo de Certificación de la Seguridad de las Tecnologías de la Información|
|Sweden, FMV - Försvarets Materielverk|
|United Kingdom, CESG - Communications-Electronics Security Group|
The participants work together to:
- Coordinate the standardisation of Common Criteria protection profiles and certification policies between European Certification Bodies in order to have a common position in the fast growing international CCRA group
- Coordinate the development of protection profiles whenever the European commission launches a directive that should be implemented in national laws as far as IT-security is involved
The agreement provides for member nations to participate in two fundamental ways:
- As certificate consuming participants and
- As certificate producers
For certificate producing nations there are also two levels of recognition within the agreement:
- Certificate recognition up to EAL4 (as in CCRA)
- Certificate recognition at higher levels for defined technical areas when schemes have been approved by the management committee for this level.
Rationale for the updated SOG-IS Agreement
The original agreement signed in 1997 (updated to incorporate the use of Common Criteria in 1999) was updated in 2010 for two reasons; firstly to provide a robust mechanism allowing new schemes to take part as certificate producers and, secondly, to limit the higher levels of recognition to agreed technical domains where adequate agreement around evaluation methodology, laboratory requirements, attack methods etc. are in place.
The following pages provide more detail. Contact with the group can also be made through any of the participating schemes.