Understanding Product Security Certification

Under the Smart Nation initiative in 2014, it is anticipated that there shall be growing inter-connectvitiy betweeen smart devices and sensors. Increased interconnectivity leads to increased dependencies between smart devices and sensors. Hence, it is crucial that each node in the network of devices implements safeguards to thwart potential cybersecurity attacks. In 2019, Singapore attanined the status of Common Criteria Certificate Authorising Nation. Common Criteria is the de facto standard for cybersecurity product certification around the world. Today, 31 nations, including Singapore are of the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) for mutual recognition of certification. This course seeks to provide participants with a basic understanding of the following:
(a) Common Criteria (CC) processes
(b) Security problems and security objectives reconciliation
(c) Security architecture
(d) Test coverage and suitability
(e) Security risk in product life-cycle
(f) Vulnerability analysis

Course Details

Course Dates:
11 - 12 July 2024

Closing Date: 14 June 2024

2 days, 9.00AM to 5.00PM


Who Should Attend

Personnel interested to understand Common Critieria (CC) certification requirements and Information Technology (IT) product security.

Minimum Entry Requirements:
Personnel who are actively involved in Information Technology (IT)/ Operational technology (OT) product development.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
(a) Understand Common Criteria (CC) evaluation processes
(b) Address security issues and align them with security objectives.
(c) Comprehend security architecture.
(d) Assess test coverage and suitability.
(e) Identify security risks throughout the product lifecycle.
(f) Conduct vulnerability analysis.

Day 1

Introduction to Accrediation, Test, Inspect, Certification and Cybersecured Devices

  • Common Criteria (Lecture)

  • Anatomy of Security Target (Lecture)

  • Introduction to Security Target assurance activity, ASE 

  • Real-time online quiz for ASE

  • ASE: Reconciling Security Problems and Security Objectives in Security Target (Group discussion)

  • Introduction to Development assurance activity, ADV (Lecture)

  • Real-time online quiz for ADV

  • ADV: Determining security domains and discuss about security architecture(Group discussion)

  • Wrap-up and Q &A

Day 2

Design Thinking for Cybersecured Devices, and Recap of Day 1

  • Introduction to Tests assurance activity, ATE (Lecture)
  • Real-time online quiz for ATE
  • ATE: Determining coverage and suitability of test cases(Group discussion)
  • Introduction to Life-cycle Support assurance activity, ALC (Lecture)
  • Real-time online quiz for ALC
  • ALC: Identifying security risks in product life-cycle (Group discussion)
  • Introduction to Vulnerability Analysis, AVA (Lecture)
  • Real-time online quiz for AVA
  • AVA: Propose attack scenarios and calculating attack potentials (Group discussion)
  • Wrap-up and Q &A

Online Quiz, group discussions and presentations.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Teo Tee Hui
Senior Fellow, SUTD Academy

Teo Tee Hui graduated with Master of Engineering and Ph.D. from National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in 2000 and 2009 respectively in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Since 1996, he was with Sharp, ST-Microelectronics, Intelligent Micro-Devices (Matsushita), and etc. as a principal Integrated Circuits (IC) designer. He is currently with SUTD. Tee Hui is a Senior Member of IEEE, Charted Engineer (Sg) and Fellow of IES.


Daryl Koh
Adjunct Senior Fellow, SUTD Academy

Daryl Koh is the General Manager of SETSCO-AN Security. He is the founder of An-Security, the first local formal cybersecurity testing lab in Singapore, after gaining experience from working in multiple internationally recognized security labs over the world. Daryl is a pioneer in the formal assurance cybersecurity testing field and was instrumental in helping the Cybersecurity Agency of Singapore established the internationally recognized Common Criteria cybersecurity testing scheme. Daryl holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University.


Wang Junhao
Adjunct Fellow, SUTD Academy

Wang Junhao brings a wealth of engineering expertise to the classroom, with a background in designing, implementing and evaluating various aspects of embedded systems including low-level device drivers, digital system design, embedded operating systems, and printed circuit board (PCB) design, associated with security products. His journey in the product security evaluation sector began in 2014, with a key role in launching Asia’s inaugural EMV laboratory right here in Singapore. Since joining An Security in 2017, Junhao has become a skilled practitioner in the Common Criteria (CC) method. He furthered his education with a Master of Science in Security by Design from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, graduating in August 2023. He was awarded the SG Digital Scholarship in 2022, focusing on Future Communications Research & Development. Junhao is also a certified security evaluator for both Singapore’s and Germany’s Common Criteria schemes, demonstrating his dedication to his field.  

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