Dell strikes alliance to simplify network security
- By Kathleen Hickey
- Feb 03, 2010
Government agencies seeking to move toward a single physical system to access data of varying security sensitivities, different network domains or user environments, are likely to get added support from a new alliance between Dell and Integrity Global Security.
Currently, many agencies with data of various security levels must use multiple, physically separated systems, resulting in complex infrastructures and inefficient computing.
The new alliance will permit Dell to offer the same Integrity separation kernel technology used by the military. It is based on the Integrity -178B Separation Kernel – certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership to common criteria evaluation assurance level (EAL) 6+1 and High Robustness—to be incorporated into Dell OptiPlex desktop PCs, widely used by government customers. Dell will be the exclusive provider of the Integrity separation kernel for general-purpose secure computing to government agencies.
With the new solution, users will be able to eliminate one or more computers from their workspace without changing their networks or data centers, saving money and simplifying operations while maintaining secure operations. Agencies will be able to work on publicly accessible documents or access the Internet on the same systems they use when working on sensitive documents, with the sessions completely secured from each other.
“Cyber security has become a major concern for the United States and other nations. Up to now, it has been a battle between offensive and defensive capabilities. Dell solutions secured with INTEGRITY are anticipated to provide commercial systems with a level of security that was until now unavailable,” said Paul Kurtz, cyber security advisor to the White House and member of the INTEGRITY Global Security Board of Advisors.
Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.