Raritan is First KVM Switch Vendor to Undergo Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification Testing to Meet Stringent Government Security Standards

SOMERSET, N.J., Sept. 19 / -- Raritan -- a leading provider of solutions to simplify IT operations -- today announced that its CompuSwitch®-PENT is the first KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch to be evaluated at the Common Criteria for Security Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+, the highest test level for a KVM product to date of the internationally recognized security standard for network products.

The stringent Common Criteria EAL4+ evaluation process -- which certifies products for sensitive as well as classified use -- provides an independent review and analysis of a product's security against a defined set of requirements. Many government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Defense, and security-sensitive industries require that products purchased be Common Criteria validated. Common Criteria is also an ISO (15408) standard and ACSI (33) standard. Additionally, it is adopted by the IEEE and recognized by the European Union.

"Raritan is undertaking the highest level of evaluation assurance testing for a KVM product to date," said Matthew Appler, CEO, Corsec Security, Inc. -- an independent validation consulting firm that is managing the certification process for Raritan. "The EAL4+ certification is even more stringent than the EAL4 certification in that additional areas are examined to provide greater assurance to the purchaser. Such a rigorous validation effort will give Raritan's customers an extremely high level of security assurance. The Common Criteria validation process is quickly becoming one of the industry's best security practices, and we are pleased to see leading companies, such as Raritan, submit their products for evaluation."

During the evaluation process, CompuSwitch-PENT can be sold to the government sector because it has been placed on the Common Criteria In-evaluation list. Popular among government customers worldwide, the CompuSwitch-PENT KVM switch provides a single user access to two, four or eight servers from a single KVM console.

"Our decision to achieve Common Criteria EAL4+ validation is part of our ongoing commitment to deliver solutions of the highest technical standards to our government customers for managing critical IT infrastructure networks and data centers, and to give our resellers every possible competitive advantage," said Gary Marks, Vice President of Sales-Americas at Raritan. "We're proud to be the first product in our category to undergo this level of validation, and we expect it to help us build on our considerable success in government markets."

Countries that recognize Common Criteria include Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit http://commoncriteriaportal.org/public/content/natscheme.html

About Raritan (Raritan.com)

Raritan, based in Somerset, N.J., is a leading provider of products for managing IT equipment and the mission-critical applications and services that run on it. Raritan's highly reliable and responsive IT management solutions -- based on KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switches, serial console servers, management software and remote connectivity products -- enable companies to proactively monitor and manage system health and vulnerabilities, as well as troubleshoot, access and repair faults from anywhere, at anytime. This simplifies and accelerates IT management work processes -- both in data centers and at remote branch offices -- improving service uptime and staff productivity. Raritan's solutions are used to manage more than 50,000 data centers and other IT sites around the world. Raritan also serves the OEM market by developing advanced, hardware-based, remote-management components based on digital KVM-over-IP and IPMI technologies. Founded in 1985, Raritan today has 38 offices worldwide, and its products are distributed in 76 countries. For more information, please visit Raritan.com.

Source: Raritan

Susana Thompson
The Harbor Group, for Raritan

Web site: http://www.raritan.com/

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