If A1 is the answer, what was the question? An Edgy Naif's retrospective on promulgating the trusted computer systems evaluation criteria

  • Marvin Schaefer
  • Published 2004 in
    20th Annual Computer Security Applications…

Abstract

This paper provides an introspective retrospective on the history and development of the United States Department of Defense Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC). Known to many as the Orange Book, the TCSEC contained a distillation of what many researchers considered to be the soundest proven principles and practices for achieving graded degrees of sensitive information protection on multiuser computing systems. While its seven stated evaluation classes were explicitly directed to standalone computer systems, many of its authors contended that its principles would stand as adequate guidance for the design, implementation, assurance, evaluation and certification of other classes of computing applications including database management systems and networks. The account is a personal reminiscence of the author, and concludes with a subjective assessment of the TCSEC's validity in the face of its successor evaluation criteria.

DOI: 10.1109/CSAC.2004.22

Cite this paper

@article{Schaefer2004IfAI, title={If A1 is the answer, what was the question? An Edgy Naif's retrospective on promulgating the trusted computer systems evaluation criteria}, author={Marvin Schaefer}, journal={20th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference}, year={2004}, pages={204-228} }