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Federal Computer Week: NSA grapples with Linux security

Jan 17, 2000, 22:57 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Verton)

"The National Security Agency, the super-secret arm of the Defense Department responsible for signals intelligence and information systems security, last week tapped Secure Computing Corp. to develop a secure version of the Linux operating system."

"NSA's contract with Secure Computing calls for the company to apply its patented Type Enforcement technology and develop a robust, highly secure Linux platform. The award furthers efforts by Secure Computing to pursue and acquire contracts that focus on providing enabling technologies to both the federal government infrastructure as well as commercial electronic business applications. Secure Computing's Type Enforcement technology was first developed under previous government contracts to support Unix for Secure Computing's Sidewinder firewall."

" 'Our Advanced Technology Division achieves almost 100 percent of their revenue from government contracts,' a company spokesperson said. 'We undertook this work because we recognized the need for our products to be available on a secure version Linux. This is a win for both our customer, the NSA and for ourselves, allowing us to leverage the NSA work to provide a foundation for future product directions.' "

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