Red Hat just concluded its Red Hat Government User's Conference, but it also announced an initiative with HP that will persist beyond the one-day conference: Multi-Level Security (MLS) Services for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
At the core of MLS Services is the fact that HP has achieved Common Criteria certification at the EAL 4 level with the Labeled Security Protection Profile (LSPP) -- certifications that mean HP, and now Red Hat, are can meet high-level government security requirements. Common Criteria certifications, for instance, are key government certifications that ensure a degree of security compliance against known criteria.
The expectation is that by raising the level of security in its products, Red Hat can lower barriers to open-source adoption.
While security isn't isolated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (HP also supports Debian and SUSE), HP says that RHEL offers the highest level of security:… Read more