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InfoWorld: Intel says security software gaining adoption

Sep 25, 2000, 21:38 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)

"Intel said Monday that a number of the world's largest Linux vendors have decided to adopt the chip giant's Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) software infrastructure for security services. Asian, European, and North American Linux players said they plan to use the security software, which should be available in October in a 64-bit version for the upcoming Itanium processor family, in their operating systems."

"Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel developed the CDSA specification to give e-business applications the use of security services such as encryption, biometrics, digital certificate management, and authorization credentials. CDSA has an API which can help security services work with applications running on the operating system. CDSA also includes a layer of software that is able to mange the various services being used by applications...."

"Martin Reynolds, vice president at Dataquest, said the solid acceptance of the CDSA software marks a positive step for the increased use of Linux in the enterprise. While some argue that using open-source code for security software causes more harm than good, Reynolds thinks the collaborative approach leads to rapid and reliable bug fixes. "I am of the camp that believes open-source is ultimately going to be more secure," Reynolds said."

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