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eWeek: Security dominates agenda at federal Linux conference

Oct 31, 2000, 17:54 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"Security was a hot topic at Monday's first-ever federal Linux user's conference. The news that Microsoft Corp.'s network had been breached and that hackers had gained access to source code underscores the need for effective security systems to protect large institutions -- like the government -- from such attacks, said speakers and delegates alike at the conference here."

"What Linux needs is a successful intrusion detection system that meets the requirements of the federal government, McMahon observed. The industry has so far not addressed this issue."

"James Craft, who chairs the Federal CIO Council Security Practices Subcommittee, said no Linux best security practices are included in the Federal best security repository. "We really need the Linux community to demonstrate and share its best practices with us, which will result in a greater acceptance of open-source software in the government," Craft said."

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