[ISN] Secure OS Gets Highest NSA Rating, Goes Commercial

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 01:14:06 -0600 (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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