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PRNewswire: NSA Selects Secure Computing to Provide Type Enforcement(TM) on Linux OS

Jan 13, 2000, 16:22 (12 Talkback[s])

"Secure Computing...announced that it has been awarded a sole source contract by the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop a Secure Linux Operating System (OS). This contract calls for Secure Computing to apply its patented Type Enforcement(TM) technology, to develop a robust and secure Linux platform. This award furthers the goal of Secure to pursue and acquire contracts that will provide enabling technologies to both the Federal government infrastructure as well as commercial electronic business applications."

"The NSA is the nation's high-technology cryptologic organization that ensures important and sensitive activities in the US intelligence community are protected from exploitation through interception, unauthorized access, or related technical intelligence threats."

"Secure Computing's patented Type Enforcement technology provides network security protection that is unique to the industry. This technology, first developed under previous government contracts, is available today as part of the UNIX OS for Secure Computing's Sidewinder(TM) firewall. Type Enforcement secures underlying operating systems and protects applications and network services, by segmenting them into domains. Each domain is granted permission to access only specific file types, including executables. As such, each domain provides a self-contained, discrete layer of protection that cannot be altered. Implementing Type Enforcement within the operating system itself assures the highest level of security available in commercial operating systems."

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