November 4, 2002

Security Enhanced Linux BETA Available

Oxford, MS - Houston, TX - Nov. 4, 2002 - A fully functioning distribution of Security Enhanced Linux is now available in BETA for community and industry evaluation. The three-CD set is available at

The graphical install BETA version of SE Linux was developed by Westcam, Inc., a software development and security firm located in Houston, TX.

Consistent with open-source programs, the BETA version of SE Linux is being released for appraisal and feedback from the open-source community. Evaluation and feedback is welcomed at

A comprehensive training program for SE Linux is available through the Open Source Development Group (, an open-source software training company. The SE Linux Fundamentals course, available now, is a three-day training course that teaches installation and configuration, administration, policies and usage scenarios for SE Linux. An Advanced SE Linux course is under development and will be available in 2003. For additional information on SE Linux training contact: or

Security Enhanced (SE) Linux was initially developed as part of a research initiative within the National Security Agency (NSA). In January 2001, the NSA shook the intelligence and IT community by announcing the development and release of SE Linux under the GNU General Public License.

According to the NSA web site, "Linux was chosen as the platform for this work because its growing success and open development environment provided an opportunity to demonstrate that this functionality can be successful in a mainstream operating system and, at the same time, contribute to the security of a widely used system. Additionally, the integration of these security research results into Linux may encourage additional operating system security research that may lead to additional improvement in system security."


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