Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls Achieve New Rigorous Common Criteria Certification

Dec 16, 2015, 08:00 ET from Palo Alto Networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, today announced that its next-generation firewall devices have achieved a new Common Criteria (CC) certification. This certification builds upon the previous Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+) that Palo Alto Networks received in 2013.

Common Criteria is an international (ISO) standard for security certification of IT products. It is a common requirement for government agency and critical infrastructure technology purchases. Because the certification validates a product's security claims and capabilities, it helps set a consistent confidence bar for other industry customers.

Palo Alto Networks is the first security vendor to validate a firewall against three NIAP Protection Profiles relevant to the Next-Generation Firewall under the rigorous U.S. implementation of the Common Criteria, per National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP): Protection Profile for Network Devices Version 1.1, Network Device Protection Profile (NDPP) Extended Package Stateful Traffic Filter Firewall Version 1.0, and Network Device Protection Profile (NDPP) Extended Package VPN Gateway Version 1.1.  The VPN Gateway verification also included additional requirements per the NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified Networks (CSfC).


  • "Common Criteria has a rigorous testing process, and we are pleased to add this new certification for our next-generation firewall devices; along with our previous certifications, it further underscores that our firewalls are designed to meet the exacting security needs government and critical infrastructure organizations have today."
    • Lee Klarich, executive vice president of product management at Palo Alto Networks

This new certification applies to the Palo Alto Networks PA-200, PA-500, PA-3000 Series, PA-5000 Series and PA-7000 Series next-generation firewalls, and the VM-Series virtual next-generation firewall with PAN-OS® 7.0.1-h4.

For additional Common Criteria certification details specific to Palo Alto Networks products, visit: 

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