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CNET News.com: NSA looks to Linux for virtual security

Feb 01, 2001, 21:48 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Software emulation firm VMware announced it has teamed up with researchers at the National Security Agency to create a nearly crack-proof computer that can place sensitive data in virtual vaults inside the PC."

"The concept, assuming it works, would streamline the methods intelligence agencies use to manage data. At present, the NSA--the military surveillance arm of the United States intelligence community--physically separates networks carrying data of a particular classification. For example, top-secret data might be kept on a different computer than data classified merely as sensitive material. Sometimes, for workers to have access to the information they need, up to six different computers can be on a single desk."

"That type of security is called--in typical intelligence community jargon--an "air gap." It works, but its days could be numbered, said Ed Bugnion, founder and manager of research and development for Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware."

"I believe we have a solution out there that provides security comparable to having multiple computers," he said."

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