Sun Microsystems has released its first Java Card System Protection Profile.
The Profile reduces the time and cost for Java Card licensees to complete security evaluations under the Common Criteria, which provides international standards for the security evaluation of IT products.
Sun will provide a reusable set of security requirements for the Java Card platform. The company claimed that there is an increasing demand by banks, governments and other card issuers for security evaluations.
The security standard evaluation is currently required for digital signature cards in Europe and as national identity cards in various countries.
"Java Card technology is the most cost-effective, capable and secure technology available in the market today," said Peter Cattaneo, director of Java Card Business at Sun.
"By delivering the Java Card System Protection Profile, Sun is making it easier for licensees to meet the increasingly higher levels of security evaluation being demanded by major card issuers worldwide."
Sun explained that the release of the Protection Profile is the result of two years' collaboration with the smart card community and security experts, and that it would lower product development costs for licensees.
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