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Tenix begins security tests

Tenix Datagate Inc., a network security company, is being evaluated for the highest security certification possible under the Common Criteria, an international standard for information technology security recognized by the U.S. government.

Tenix's Interactive Link, a suite of network security devices, will be tested for Evaluation Assurance Level 7 (EAL7), which would allow the products to be used in the most secure government, military and intelligence networks. No commercial product has yet met the stringent requirements to begin the EAL7 evaluation process, according to company officials.

EAL7 guidelines are established through the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme, which operates under the direction of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency.

Tenix Datagate's products create a one-way gateway between the public Internet and a secure separate network.

AirDefense inks deal with DigitalNet

Agencies looking to secure wireless local-area networks (WLANs) can deploy AirDefense Inc.'s intrusion- detection system now that the security vendor has forged a partnership with DigitalNet Government Solutions.

AirDefense has been added to the General Services Administration schedule contract through its alliance with DigitalNet; the company's products and services are now available to federal agencies.

The company's product line consists of distributed sensors and server appliances. The remote sensor can reside near wireless access points or areas with a no-wireless policy to monitor all WLAN activities.

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