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

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.”


Press Release