Defined by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), they form a uniform set of evaluation classes and requirements for assessing the effectiveness of security controls put in Automatic Data Processing (ADP) systems. These criteria were actually developed so that when DoD personnel evaluate and select ADP systems for the processing, storage, and retrieval of classified or sensitive information, they have some well-defined criteria to rely on.
See Also: Trust.
Cybersoft.com.Department of Defense Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria. [Online, August 15, 1983.] Cybersoft.com Website. http://www.cybersoft .com/whitepapers/reference/print/orange_print.html.