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CPA is a key part of the Cyber Security Strategy and sets strong standards for suppliers to government

CESG, the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, and Becrypt, a leading data security provider, are pleased to announce the first product to be certified under CESG’s Commercial Product Assurance scheme.

Becrypt DISK Protect is certified at the Foundation Grade for use in the UK public sector, demonstrating good commercial security practice, suitable for lower threat environments such as PROTECT and some RESTRICTED data.

Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) builds on CESG’s extensive experience of product evaluation. In CPA, CESG and independent test labs evaluate commercial security products against published security standards for use in the UK Public Sector. Foundation Grade represents a good level of commercial security and gives the public sector confidence in the security of a commercial product. Augmented Grade is a more rigorous assessment of the product’s implementation to ensure it is suitable for moderate threat environments, such as RESTRICTED and some CONFIDENTIAL data.

Bernard Parsons, CEO at Becrypt said, β€œWe were very pleased to be able to work with CESG on this new framework for assurance, to give purchasers confidence that the product they are buying has an assurance to protect their data. We are delighted that DISK Protect is the first product to be certified as meeting this standard”.

A spokesman for CESG said, β€œWe have worked hard with our industry partners to develop CPA, and are delighted to announce the first certified product. CPA is a key part of the Cyber Security Strategy and sets strong standards for suppliers to government of commercial off-the-shelf security products. We are grateful to Becrypt and our first test labs – Enex and Siventure – for the interest and support they have given us during the pilot phase of CPA”.

Notes to Editors:

1. About CESG
CESG is the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ and are based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. It is the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for IA, responsible for enabling secure and trusted knowledge sharing to help our customers achieve their business aims.

CESG provides advice and assistance on the security of communications and electronic data. It delivers Information Assurance policy, services and advice that government and other customers need to protect vital information services.

For more information on CESG, please visit and on CPA please visit

2. About Becrypt
Becrypt is a leading supplier of innovative Information Assurance solutions and services, providing secure, feature-rich, out-of-the-box products that are government-certified and suitable for all industry sectors. Becrypt is a leading supplier of encryption technology to the UK Government, Ministry of Defence and UK Police.

Becrypt plays a leading role in the Information Assurance industry through membership and participation in various bodies including CIPCOG, DIPCOG and the Crypto Developers Forum.

Through technology and OEM partnerships Becrypt enables third-party solutions with encryption and other data security capabilities.

Becrypt has offices in London, UK; McLean, VA, USA; and Sydney, Australia serving clients worldwide.

For more information on Becrypt, please visit:

3. About DISK Protect
DISK Protect is Becrypt’s assured full-disk encryption solution securing data on desktop and laptop PC’s from theft and loss. With greater and greater amounts of data being stored on PC’s, the risk and impact of data loss is also increasing. DISK Protect full-disk encryption software ensures that all data is safely encrypted, with no changes in performance or in the user’s working practices.

4. Cyber Security Strategy
The new Cyber Security Strategy was published on 25 November 2011. It sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public’s way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.

For more information please visit:

5. To contact Becrypt:

Keith Ricketts
Marketing Director
Tel: +1 07809 391 037

Andreina West ./ Mary Phillips
PR Artistry Limited
Tel +44 01491 639500

For more information about this press release please contact the GCHQ Press Office:

01242 221491 Ext 33847

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