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TEMPEST Certification Program

The TEMPEST Certification Program (TCP) consists of three closely related NSA programs: the Certified TEMPEST Products Program, the Certified TEMPEST Test Services Program, and the Zoned Equipment Program. The essence of each of these programs, which involve partnerships with industrial companies, is briefly described below.

The Certified TEMPEST Products Program

NSA provides lists of commercially developed and produced TEMPEST telecommunications equipment that NSA has certified under the auspices of the Certified TEMPEST Products Program. The list are for use by Government entities and their contractors to select products for processing classified information.

NSA certification is evidence that the company has successfully demonstrated to NSA that its product complies with the requirements of the National TEMPEST Standard, NSTISSAM TEMPEST/1-92, Compromising Emanations Laboratory Test Standard, Electromagnetics, dated 15 December 1992. The certification process substantiates that the company has in place the manufacturing capability and product assurance controls necessary to ensure the continued TEMPEST integrity of the product following certification and that these capabilities are applied to the product. Separate lists are provided for products that meet the Level I and Level II requirements.

The Certified TEMPEST Test Services Program

NSA provides a list of commercial TEMPEST test services facilities that NSA has certified under the auspices of the Certified TEMPEST Test Services Program. The list is for use by U.S. Government departments and agencies, U.S. Government contractors, and eligible TEMPEST product manufacturers to conduct TEMPEST testing related to the development and production of TEMPEST products.


Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jun 11, 2009 | Last Reviewed: Apr 23, 2012