Getting Started as a Recognized Assessor

Overview

The primary objective of the Open Trusted Technology Provider Standard (O-TTPS) Accreditation Program is to provide confidence to customers of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) information and communication technology (ICT) that the risks associated with the threats currently addressed in the O-TTPS 1.0 (Standard) - the risks of maliciously tainted and counterfeit products - are mitigated by an accredited Open Trusted Technology Provider™.

Demonstration of conformance through this independent, voluntary O-TTPS Accreditation Program provides formal recognition of an Organization’s conformance to this industry standard.

The O-TTPS Accreditation Program utilizes third party assessors for the conformance assessments. Organizations who apply for O-TTPS Accreditation must choose an assessor company from those listed on the O-TTPS Recognized Assessor Register. The only third party assessor companies eligible to participate in the O-TTPS Accreditation Program are those listed on the O-TTPS Recognized Assessor Register.

Recognized Assessor companies must meet certain criteria as a third-party assessor organization and the individual assessors used must meet an additional set of criteria and have passed the O-TTPS Assessor Exam before they can be assigned to an O-TTPS Assessment. The Open Group operates this recognition program, grants O-TTPS Recognized Assessor certificates to those qualifying organizations, and lists them on the public O-TTPS Recognized Assessor Register.

How to Apply to be a Recognized Assessor

If you represent an organization that wants to perform O-TTPS assessments, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Read the Accreditation Policy, Accreditation Requirements, the Recognized Assessor Agreement, the Recognized Assessor TMLA, and the Assessment Procedures. These documents are all available using the links in the left-hand navigation bar.
  2. Download, print, sign, and return the Recognized Assessor Agreement and the Recognized Assessor TMLA to The Open Group legal department for their review and countersignature.
  3. Contact the O-TTPS Accreditation Authority to confirm your organization in the program.
  4. Pay the Recognized Assessor fees.
  5. Provide the Accreditation Authority with a list of your qualified assessors, which are those individuals who meet the criteria in Section 3.3 of the Recognized Assessor Agreement. Your organization must have at least one qualified assessor in order to be recognized.
  6. The Accreditation Authority will confirm completion of the legal agreement and payment of fees, then add your organization to the Recognized Assessor Register.
  7. Once recognized, your organization will then be able to perform O-TTPS assessments using assessors who meet the individual assessor qualifications. Your organization will also be able to promote itself as an O-TTPS Recognized Assessor and use the Recognized Assessor logo in accordance with the terms of the TMLA.

Individual Assessors

In order for an individual assessor to participate in an O-TTPS Assessment, the person must:

  • Be employed or contracted by an O-TTPS Recognized Assessor company.
  • Meet the assessor criteria for individuals, as defined in the O-TTPS Recognized Assessor Agreement. These criteria include passing the O-TTPS Assessor Exam, which covers knowledge and understanding of the contents of all of the O-TTPS documentation, especially the O-TTPS Standard and the O-TTPS Assessment Procedures.

For further information:

  • Review the O-TTPS Standard, the O-TTPS Assessment Procedures, and other O-TTPS program documentation
  • Review and familiarize yourself with the Assessor Training presentation [to be posted in the left-hand navigation bar soon]:
  • See the O-TTPS Assessor Exam link on the left hand navigation bar for information on the exam.