The Common Criteria is an international program amongst 26 nations in which IT products are certified and mutually recognized against standard specifications (Protection Profiles). The Protection Profiles (PPs) represent the security assurance requirements for technology classes. CSE operates a product certification capability under this program referred to as the Canadian CC Scheme.
The Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) is a joint program between CSE and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The CMVP validates the cryptographic functionality of IT products against a standard specification (FIPS 140-2).