Microsoft announced today that Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows SQL Server 2008 R2 have all completed the Common Criteria (CC) certification process and achieved Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+).

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We are happy to announce that Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 SP2 32 & 64 bit Enterprise Edition (English) have completed the Common Criteria (CC) certification process and achieved Evaluation Assurance Level 4 with augmentation (EAL4+). Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 were certified on March 24, 2011. SQL Server 2008 SP2 was certified on February 11, 2011.

In order to become certified, all three products had to go through a series of rigorous security testing protocols set forth by the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA). The targets of these evaluations support a rich set of real-world features, roles, and scenarios for customers in the international government, military, and intelligence communities.

Common Criteria certification is an international standard for ensuring that IT products conform to stringent security requirements, is recognized by the 26 member nations of the CCRA, and used in procurement requirements by governments around the world. In particular, Common Criteria evaluation of operating systems and database management systems (DBMS) is a mandatory procurement requirement for U.S. defense and national security customers.