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ZDNET UK: Government expert backs open source

Dec 22, 1999, 17:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"A British security agent's endorsement of Linux and the open-source model highlights Windows concerns."

"An expert at the British government's computer security headquarters, CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) has endorsed Linux along with the open source model for software development as the most secure computer architecture available. CESG is the sister organisation of the notoriously secretive GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters)."

"Stuart Troughton, a consultant and civil servant at CESG offers expert advice to government agencies and departments on computer security and says that he believes in Linux 100 percent. "Linux is as secure as you can make a computer," he says. "First of all, Unix [on which Linux is based] is the paradigm that the computer is the network, so Linux is secure from the ground up. Secondly, it is open so if I'm not happy with something I can check it myself or hire someone to check it. This is very, very important considering that data is the most valuable thing on the planet, bar none."

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