"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
"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
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