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Date: 2001-04-09


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Zur Erinnerung an q/depesche 99.2.10/1

PGP-Oberboss : "Keine Strohmänner der NSA"

Frage: "Wie kommt es, Mr Larson, dass Ihr Unternehmen
einerseits grosse Geschäfte mit US-Regierungsstellen und
Geheimdiensten macht, andererseits durch den freien
Vertrieb des hochsicheren Kryptographieprogrammes Pretty
Good Privacy direkt gegen die Interessen dieser Dienste
verstösst? "


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Relayed by Declan McCullagh

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PGP Security's NAI Labs Partner With National Security
Agency to Develop Secure Linux

Contract Will Ensure Secure Open Source Operating System
for Business Critical Internet Infrastructures

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- NAI Labs, a
division of PGP Security, a Network Associates, Inc.
(Nasdaq: NETA) company, today announced they are joining
with the National Security Agency (NSA) and its other
partners to further develop the NSA's Security-Enhanced
Linux (SELinux) prototype. The $1.2 million will be paid over
the life of the two-year contract, and the work will focus on
research and development to improve the security of open-
source operating system platforms, the core of Internet
infrastructures that have become business critical in today's
economy. The work will reduce the threat of security
breaches caused by flawed or even malicious applications.
The contract builds upon NSA's prior work in developing a set
of new security controls for the Linux kernel and NAI Labs'
prior work in developing an example security policy
configuration for these controls and several additional kernel
controls. "NAI Labs continues to work with the government to
ensure secure Internet infrastructure. The President's
National Coordinator for Security and the President's
Information Technology Advisory Committee have called for
increasing the federal government's role as both a user and
contributor of open source software," said Terry Benzel, Vice
President, Advanced Security Research and Director of NAI
Labs. "Open source platforms provide the basis for
developing online communication and business strategies,
and our work ensures that the building blocks are secure."
Operating systems provide the foundation for system
security, yet mainstream operating systems lack critical
security features needed to enforce security policies. NSA
and NAI Labs have recognized the need to improve the
security of operating systems. Linux was chosen by the
NSA because its growing success and open development
environment provided
an opportunity to demonstrate that the security functionality
added by SELinux can be successful in a mainstream
operating system. NAI Labs will work with the NSA and its
other partners to develop additional security controls,
configure the security policy and represent the security
enhancements to the Linux community. SELinux includes
security enhancements to the operating system that can
enforce the separation of information based on the
confidentiality and integrity requirements. The security
mechanisms of SELinux provide flexible support that allows
customization for a wide range of security policies in order to
meet various security requirements. Support for security
policies is required in order to protect data on end systems;
however, needs are different for every company and every
industry. Flexible support for policies is required, since an
organization must be able to tailor the policy to meet its
particular security requirements and threat environment. NAI
Labs' and NSA's efforts will improve the security of open
source operating systems so that they can be effectively
applied to protect
corporate data. NAI Labs is an industry leading security
research organization with 100 dedicated researchers in four
research facilities throughout the United States and is a
founding member of the Security Research Alliance. NAI
Labs is a multi-discipline research organization with world-
renowned expertise in the areas of network security, applied
cryptographic technologies, secure execution environments,
security infrastructure, adaptive network defenses, distributed
systems security, and information assurance. In addition to
its prominent role in the security research community, all
unclassified network and cryptographic research is shared
with Network Associates'
product development and support organizations to enable
superior solutions for Network Associates customers. PGP
Security, a Network Associates company, is a worldwide
leader in products and services focusing on solving privacy
and data confidentiality issues, and has a strong history of
setting security industry standards. PGP Security's breadth
of security products, including firewall, encryption, intrusion
detection, risk
assessment and VPN technologies, address the full range of
security and privacy issues, anywhere information is
transmitted or stored. PGP Security's products secure over
seven million users and include several of the industry's well-
known security brands, including Gauntlet Firewall and VPN,
PGP Data Security, CyberCop Scanner, and PGP e-
ppliances. PGP Security's COVERT research team identifies
and works to resolve serious
vulnerabilities before attackers are able to exploit them. The
findings are incorporated into the product offerings, ensuring
protection from the latest vulnerabilities. For more
information and software evaluations, visit .

About Network Associates With headquarters in Santa Clara,
Calif., Network Associates, Inc. is a leading supplier of
security and availability solutions for e-businesses. Network
Associates is comprised of four business units: McAfee,
delivering world class anti-virus products; PGP Security,
providing firewall, intrusion detection and encryption products;
Sniffer Technologies, a leader in network and application
management; and Magic Solutions, providing web-based
service desk solutions. For more information, Network
Associates can be reached at 972-308-9960 or on the
Internet at . NOTE: Network Associates,
PGP, McAfee, Sniffer, Magic Solutions, Gauntlet, CyberCop
and CyberCop Scanner are registered trademarks of Network
Associates, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other
countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks
in this document are the sole property of their respective

SOURCE Network Associates Inc. Web Site:

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published on: 2001-04-09
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