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Microsoft gets security approval

Federal information technology managers now have a higher level of assurance that security capabilities of the Microsoft Corp. Windows 2000 platform have been rigorously tested and certified.

Last month, Microsoft was awarded Common Criteria certification for Evaluation Assurance Level 4. The Common Criteria is a globally recognized standard for evaluating the security features and capabilities of IT products. It is designed to help users select IT products that meet their security requirements, according to Microsoft officials.

The independent evaluation of the Windows operating system was performed by Science Applications International Corp.'s Common Criteria testing lab, said Craig Mundie, chief technology officer and senior vice president for advanced strategies and policy at Microsoft.

The evaluation process involved "three years of testing at SAIC," he said.

The software company plans to submit Windows XP and Windows .Net Server 2003 for certification.

NSA certifies Harris network

Harris Corp.'s secure wireless local-area network, SecNet 11, has been certified by the National Security Agency's communications security endorsement program.

SecNet 11 enables military and government users to securely communicate multimedia information, including data, voice and video, via a wireless network at 11 megabits/sec. SecNet 11 also sports Type 1 encryption functions that prevent traffic analysis from being performed by an intruder.

The wireless LAN also includes a Network Interface Card that uses Harris' NSA-certified Sierra programmable cryptographic module.


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