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Issue No. 02 - Apr.-June (2015 vol. 37)
ISSN: 1058-6180
pp: 19-31
ABSTRACT
This article traces the origins of US government-sponsored computer security research and the path that led from a focus on government-funded research and system development to a focus on the evaluation of commercial products. That path led to the creation of the Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC), or Orange Book. The TCSEC placed great emphasis on requirements for mandatory security controls and high assurance, and the resulting TCSEC evaluation process was time-consuming and costly for commercial vendors and emphasized product features not valued by customers. As a result, vendor commitment to evaluations waned. The TCSEC was eventually supplanted by the international Common Criteria, which after almost 15 years, have moved to a model based on more straightforward requirements and a more deterministic evaluation process.
INDEX TERMS
Computer security, Research and development, Operating systems, US Department of Defense,Common Criteria, history of computing, computer security, Orange Book, TCSEC, access controls, information flow controls, security kernels
CITATION
Steven B. Lipner, "The Birth and Death of the Orange Book", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 37, no. , pp. 19-31, Apr.-June 2015, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2015.27
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