Industry Partnership

The Information Assurance (IA) at the National Security Agency teams with public and private institutions to raise the Information Assurance (IA) level of products and services across the Nation.


Today’s National Security Systems (NSS) are fundamentally dependent on commercial products and infrastructure, or are interconnected with systems that are dependent. This creates a new and significant commonality between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the broader U.S. Government and homeland security needs. Teaming with public and private institutions encourages the distribution of best practices, providing a win-win that benefits the whole spectrum of IT users, from war fighters, policy makers, to federal, state, and local governments, to the operators of critical infrastructure and major arteries of commerce.

To address today’s product interdependencies and security challenges, the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) created the ranking: “2015 IAD Top Technology Challenges” and the “2015 IAD Emphasis List” to target mission priorities in 2015. Below you will find this information:

2015 IA Top Technology Challenges

  1. Resiliency
  2. Automated Risk Detection
  3. Automated Risk Mitigation
  4. Secure Mobility
  5. Secure Operations
  6. Threat Mechanisms
  7. Secure Government Services
  8. Future Cryptography Foundations
  9. Secure Composite Systems
  10. Classified Knowledge
  11. Advanced Cyber Tradecraft

2015 IA Emphasis

  1. Securely Owned Operational Environments
  2. CSfC
  3. Harden Network Infrastructure
  4. Audit Analysis
  5. Move to Secure Cloud Environments
  6. Intense Cross-Domain Monitoring
  7. Widespread Counter Cyber Event Initiatives
  8. Classified Signatures
  9. Multi-factor Authentication
  10. Basic Countermeasures
  11. Insider Threats


The National Security Agency/Central Security Service’s (NSA/CSS) Commercial Solutions Center (NCSC) invites business and industry professionals to increase the marketability of commercial IA products by having them tested and evaluated through the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). Below are these related programs:

  • Certified Product Sales and Support (CPSS)
    The Certified Product Sales and Support (CPSS) is an alternative program to the traditional procurement procedures for the development of Information Assurance (IA) equipment and encourages the availability of IA products.
    More about CPSS»
  • Commercial Communication Security (COMSEC) Evaluation Program (CCEP)
    The Commercial Communication Security (COMSEC) Evaluation Program (CCEP) allows an agreement to be forged between the NSA and a vendor to develop and produce products that are of benefit for improving the IA posture for DoD customers.
    More about CCEP»
  • Commercial Satellite Protection Program (CSPP)
    The Commercial Satellite Protection Program (CSPP) provides IA design for guidance, evaluation, and analysis of space systems and/or their components for use with NSA cryptographies and cryptographic techniques.
    More about CSPP»
  • Independent Research and Development Program (IR&DP)
    The Independent Research and Development Program (IR&DP) was established to assist vendors in the exploration of new IA technologies.
    More about IR&DP»
  • User Partnership Program (UPP)
    The User Partnership Program (UPP) assists U.S. Government departments and agencies to develop effective IA solutions for unique user requirements.
    More about UPP»

Last Reviewed: 13 May 2015