Commercial Product Assurance

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Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) is a CESG approach to gaining confidence in the security of commercial products.

It is intended to supplant other approaches such as Common Criteria (CC) and CCT Mark for UK government use.


CPA is being developed under the auspices of the UK Government's CESG[1] as the UK National Technical Authority (NTA) for Information Security.

Architectural Patterns

CESG also produce Architectural Patterns which cover good practices for common business problems,[2] which looks to use CPA product.

Current Architectural Patterns include:

  • Walled Gardens for Remote Access[3]
  • Mobile Remote End Point Devices[4]
  • Data Import between Security Domains[5]


In comparison to other schemes:

  • Unlike Common Criteria, there is no Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for CPA, which means that products tested in the UK will not normally be accepted in other markets
  • Unlike the CCT Mark, the coverage of CPA is limited to Information Security products, and therefore excludes services. The target audience for CPA also appears to be focused on Central Government ("I'm protecting Government data")[6] rather than including the Wider Public Sector (WPS) and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) segments that were target customers for CCT Mark


  1. CESG Home Page
  2. "CPA (reference to Architectural Patterns)". CESG. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. "Reference to Walled Gardens for Remote Access" (PDF). CESG. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  4. "Reference to Mobile Remote End Point Devices" (PDF). CESG. 
  5. "Reference to Data Import between Security Domains". Cabinet Office. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  6. CESG CPA Home Page