Group Proposes PC Protection Guarantees

    Date19 Jul 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    2939
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Several U.S. government agencies have teamed with an international Internet security organization to support a set of benchmarks aimed at guaranteeing a minimum security standard for computers. The National Security Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency and the National Institute of. . . Several U.S. government agencies have teamed with an international Internet security organization to support a set of benchmarks aimed at guaranteeing a minimum security standard for computers. The National Security Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency and the National Institute of Standards are among the 170 members of the Center for Internet Security (CIS) that will announce their support Wednesday for a single benchmark to measure the security of Windows 2000 workstations.

    "This is the single most important development in security this year," said Alan Paller, research director for the System Administration, Networking and Security (SANS) Institute, a founding partner in the CIS. "I think a lot of people will expect (contractors) to step up to the plate and provide computers that meet the benchmark."

    The security benchmarks act as a good housekeeping seal of approval, testing whether a computer meets its patch and configuration requirements. The Level 1 series for Windows 2000 workstations has more than 500 tests that aim to ensure a minimum level of security.

    As reported earlier, the CIS has focused on producing benchmarks for several operating systems. The center has benchmarks for Cisco IOS operating system for routers, Windows 2000 and NY, Sun Microsystems' Solaris, Linux and HP-UX, but the government has still not settled on whether the center's specs meet their requirements.

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