SELinux aims for security certification and credibility among cautious IT purchasers

    Date22 Mar 2002
    CategorySELinux
    14806
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Cyberspace Policy Institute at The George Washington University is launching an effort to get international security ratings for the U.S. National Security Agency-driven Security Enhanced Linux project, a move that organizers hope will make Linux more attractive to cautious technology purchasers, including government agencies.. . . The Cyberspace Policy Institute at The George Washington University is launching an effort to get international security ratings for the U.S. National Security Agency-driven Security Enhanced Linux project, a move that organizers hope will make Linux more attractive to cautious technology purchasers, including government agencies.

    Martin R. Dean, senior security researcher at the Cyberspace Policy Institute (CPI) and principal engineer at Science Applications International Corp., said SELinux still needs some enhancements, such as becoming a fully integrated operating system instead of a patch to Red Hat Linux, but the institute is starting to look for partners to help guide the ultra-secure Linux distribution through the rigorous EAL4 security certification, known formally as the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation standard. Dean spoke at a panel discussion on SELinux, one of the last events at the FOSE technology-in-government trade show Thursday. Other panelists were Peter Loscocco, the SELinux project leader at the NSA; Tony Stanco, senior policy analyst for Open Source and e-government at CPI and founder of FreeDevelopers.net; and Mark Westerman, senior consultant with network security company Westcam and administrator of the SELinux project at SourceForge.net.

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