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NewsFactor: Inside the World of Secure Operating Systems

Apr 09, 2003, 05:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"The focus of a hardened system is a bit simpler: Keep attackers out of the system. Although the OpenBSD project does not use the term 'hardened' to describe its OS, it fits the definition fairly well. The project's mix of proactive security and integration of encryption Latest News about encryption puts it in the hardened category. Apparently, the project has been pretty successful--the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has dedicated US$2.3 million in funding to OpenBSD over the next two years.

"Another hardened OS is EnGarde Linux, which is sold by Guardian Digital. EnGarde uses the same applications one might find in another Linux distribution, but the approach to building the final product is a bit different. Dave Wreski, CEO of Guardian Digital, told NewsFactor that the average Linux distribution 'tries to be all things to all people,' which makes it difficult to secure the system..."

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