Secure Linux expected in early 2005
Agencies can expect a commercial version of Linux that meets government requirements for handling classified material to hit the market early next year.
Trusted Computer Solutions Inc. of Herndon, Va., expects to begin beta-testing Trusted Linux this fall. TCS plans to seek Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4, chief operating officer Edward Hammersla said.
Trusted Linux will run on standard PC platforms.
The trusted version of the open-source operating system will automate and enforce stringent security policies to achieve multilevel security for top-secret and below systems. It will
be based on the kernel from the National Security Agency's Security Enhanced Linux project.
William Jackson is a senior writer of GCN and the author of the CyberEye blog.