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NIAP certifies Enterprise Linux 5 operating system; WiMax generates buzz

NIAP certifies Linux

NIAP certifies Enterprise Linux 5 operating system
The National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) has approved Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5 operating system running on IBM servers for Common Criteria certification at augmented Evaluation Assurance Level 4, according to an announcement by the companies.

NIAP certified Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on IBM servers at EAL 4+ with protection profiles for labeled security, controlled access and role-based access control, Red Hat and IBM said. The certification means Enterprise Linux 5 running on IBM servers meets federal requirements for secure intra- and interagency sharing of information.

National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Policy No. 11 mandates that agencies use Common Criteria-evaluated equipment and software on networks carrying sensitive information.

WiMax generates buzz
Small deployments of fixed WiMax service for military and public-safety applications are under way, but mobile WiMax is expected to be the primary catalyst for the long-awaited expansion of wireless broadband service.
Deployment of a mobile WiMax could begin later this year, said Richard Gorman, mobility architect at Nortel Government Solutions. WiMax was a hot topic at the NXTcomm telecommunications industry trade show held June 18 to 21 in Chicago.

Sprint Nextel has announced plans to deploy the world’s most ambitious WiMax mobile network in the United States, with service available in initial markets late this year. WiMax carrier Clearwire now offers portable WiMax service in a few U.S. cities.

WiMax is based on the evolving 802.16 family of standards for delivering high-bandwidth data transmission across long distances. It is seen as a wide-area complement to the popular 802.11 Wi-Fi services and a competitor for last-mile technologies in locations where traditional wire-line solutions are not practical. In the mobile arena, security and quality-of-service elements inherent in WiMax are expected to give it an edge over Wi-Fi, industry officials say.

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