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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2008 - 01:14:06 CST
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Nov 18, 2008
An operating system used in military fighter planes has raised the bar
for system security as a new commercial offering.
After receiving the highest security rating by a National Security
Agency (NSA)-run certification program, Green Hills Software has
announced that its Integrity-178B operating system was certified as
EAL6+ and that the company had spun off a subsidiary to market the OS to
the private sector as well as government agencies.
"[EAL6+] is the highest [rating] in the world [given to an OS so far
today]. This means that the OS was designed and certified to defend
against well-funded and sophisticated attackers," says David Chandler,
CEO of Integrity Global Security, the new Green Hills subsidiary.
Windows and Linux, meanwhile, are EAL 4+ certified, which means they can
defend against "inadvertent and casual" security breach attempts,
Chandler says. Integrity-178 B meets the rigorous Common Criteria
Separation Kernel Protection Profile (SKPP) standard, which guarantees
that malicious code can't corrupt or harm any other application running
on the system.
"I'm delighted that they have accomplished this," said Stephen Hanna,
co-chair of the Trusted Computing group and distinguished engineer with
Juniper Networks, during his keynote at the CSI 2008 conference in
National Harbor, Md., Tuesday. "This is serious security."
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