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SELinux Symposium In Washington, DC March 2-4
Gathering Of Security Enhanced Linux Developers

Next week, March 2-4, Washington, DC will play host to the Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Symposium. The event is designed to promote the use of SELinux, particularly as it applies to government information sharing.

SELinux is a security enhanced Linux OS that was designed by the National Security Agency (NSA) to enforce the separation of information based on confidentiality and integrity requirements. This version of Linux has a strong, flexible mandatory access control architecture incorporated into the major subsystems of the kernel. This allows threats of tampering and bypassing of application security mechanisms to be addressed and enables the confinement of damage that can be caused by malicious or flawed applications.

Several previous attempts to develop this security were attempted using other operating systems with little success. Linux was chosen as the platform for this work because its growing success and open development environment provided an opportunity to demonstrate that this functionality can be successful in a mainstream operating system and, at the same time, contribute to the security of a widely used system.

At the event's opening keynote to be held Wednesday, March 3 from 8:30-9 a.m., Daniel G. Wolf, director of the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA, will discuss the agency's role in software assurance for the nation, and how emerging technologies are helping to address the network security challenges of both the U.S. government and private industry.

Speakers that will be at the event include representatives from Hewlett-Packard, IBM, The MITRE Corporation, The NSA, Red Hat, Tresys Technology and Trusted Computer Solutions.

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