1999 Conferences

4th CACR Information Security Workshop

Louis F. Giles, National Security Agency

Common Criteria Protection Profiles

A Protection Profile (PP) is defined in the Common Criteria as an implementation-independent set of security requirements for a product or system that meet specific consumer needs. In simple terms, it is the document where the customer expresses to the product vendor or system integrator: "This is what I want."

Mr. Giles will expand on Mr. Booth's presentation and provide a tutorial on the required structure of a Protection Profile as mandated by the Common Criteria using existing Protection Profiles as examples.

He will discuss the NSA strategy for the development of protection profiles for the U.S. Government national security community and provide NSA experiences in the development of Protection Profiles. Finally, he will discuss tools developed by NSA to aid in designing Protection Profiles

Speaker Bio
Mr. Louis F. Giles is the Manager of NSA's Office of Customer Support in the Information Systems Security Organization. In this position, he also serves as the NSA Senior Executive responsible for managing the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), a collaboration between NIST and NSA to develop and oversee the U.S. National Scheme for implementing the Common Criteria. Mr. Giles also serves as NSA's representative to the International Common Criteria Management Committee and chairs the Common Criteria's Cryptography Working Group.

During his twenty five year career at NSA, Mr. Giles has served in a variety of technical, policy and management positions involving Information Systems Security. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1974 with a B.S. in Physics and received his M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1979. He obtained a Doctorate of Law degree from the University of Maryland in 1983 and is a member of the Maryland Bar.