LINUX, Trusted, Secure; Ready for Critical Government Applications

Neil Schneider president at
Thu Apr 20 09:35:32 PDT 2006

 LINUX, Trusted, Secure; Ready for Critical Government Applications, San
Diego Open-Source Organization Presentation for MAY 2006 (HTML)

Please note the special time and place.

This should be an excellent meeting. The topic is a key strength of
Open-Source software.
We are expecting a full house. Please RSVP early.

Thank you,



An increasingly important question for the development and acquisition
of innovative Department of Defense information systems is, “Will the
design and deployment lifecycle be greater than the product lifecycle
sustained by

In many mission critical environments, this requires a complete build
the ground up. Alternatively, an increasing number of strategic
systems designers are turning to the use of Open-Source software as a
solution. Open-Source ensures the same access to code, listings and
documentation as
an internal build, without the hefty investment.

But, how do analysts view Linux security? What is the Open- Source
doing that will directly benefit the Department of the Navy? Does
Open-Source software have the reliability required to support the war
fighter? In many cases, the answer is a resounding “Yes!" Come hear
in your future from IBM's experts!

While this presentation is directed at Navy. It is a universal
question facing most enterprises.

This meeting is free and everyone is welcome.

05/03/06 1:30pm
LINUX, Trusted, Secure; Ready for Critical Government Applications

Note: Special Time and Place
Acapulco Restaurant, Old Town
Map and Directions <>
Mary Ann will share an update of Open Source and Linux in the
Government Marketplace.

She will discuss government adoption of Open Standards, Open Source
and Linux based solutions. Key areas of discussion include: Government
Access Applications, Infrastructure Optimization, High Performance
Computing, ERP
solutions leveraging a range of business solutions (Oracle, IBM
Middleware...), and many others.  She will also review the investments
IBM and key partners are making in Linux to extend its value to
These include investments in Linux Security to meet common criteria
standards and support cross-domain applications, such as Trusted
Computer Solution's Trusted applications including the Secure Thin
Doc Shankar will address the State of Linux Security.

There are still some customers who continue to be unconvinced about
the security of Linux. Some are skeptical due to it's open source
nature, while
others are not convinced that security in Linux can be assured. They
continue to ask questions -  Is Linux secure enough for the
enterprise? What's different about Linux security? Can an enterprise
trust Linux? Is Linux as insecure as the internet? What is being done
to make Linux secure?
What should customers do? Is open source more secure? How do analysts
Linux security? What is the open source community doing? What is IBM
So many questions! The talk will provide some answers. We will
examine the state of Linux security and look at what is being done to
it a secure platform for the enterprise. We will describe the various
security technology areas that IBM is investing in - Mandatory access
control, Multi level security, SELinux <> ,
Common Criteria certification, Trusted computing, Xen
<>  security,
Loadable security modules, Encrypted file system, Audit capability,
Vulnerability mitigation & Bastille. The purpose of the talk is to
the audience that Linux is secure and ready for the enterprise.
Speakers Bios:
Mary Ann Fisher currently serves as a program executive for IBM’s
Global Government Industry
.  She is responsible for IBM’s Open <> 
and Linux business initiatives <>  with
governments around the world.  In this role, she sets and oversees
IBM’s open source and Linux business strategies for its Government
areas of focus include consultation with clients around the world, IBM
investment in Open source and Linux for Government, partnership
with business partners and ISVs, and Global communications and
marketing. Mary Ann also leads IBM government initiatives in the areas
text analytics and enterprise content management.
Doc Shankar is a certified executive IT architect and technical lead
for Linux Security at the IBM Linux Technology Center
<> . He has presented
and conducted security sessions for numerous customers and at various
conferences. He has extensive experience in computer security. His
focus is on ways to improve Linux security. He is not a kernel hacker,
wants to ensure it can't be cracked! His key to success - ensures his
is brighter than him. When he is not in office, he can be found
customers (or anyone!) that Linux is secure. Doc will discuss how IBM
has worked with the Open Source community and key business partners to
enable Linux to meet key government security standards. He has a Ph.D
Sciences from UC, Berkeley.


The meeting will be held Wednesday afternoon May 3, at 1:30.

Meeting Location:

Hacienda Hotel
4041 Harney Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Located at the corner of Harney and Juan Streets,
across from Heritage Park in the center of Old Town San Diego
where Interstate 5 and 8 meet.

Map and Directions <>

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Neil Schneider
Kernel-Panic Linux User Group (KPLUG)

Neil Schneider
Kernel-Panic Linux User Group (KPLUG)

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