March 18, 2002

SELinux panel Thursday at FOSE in Washington, D.C.

There will be a SELinux Panel at FOSE in Washington DC, Thursday March 21 between 2:15-3:00. Check at FOSE for room location.

The Panel includes:

  • Peter A. Loscocco, Security-enhanced Linux Project Leader, National Security Agency
  • Mark Westerman, Westcam Inc., SELinux community developer
  • Martin R. Dean, PhD Candidate in Computer Science at George Washington University, responsible for the Cyberspace Policy Institute's SELinux Distribution project.

Moderator is:

Tony Stanco, Senior Policy Analyst, Cyberspace Policy Institute, George Washington University

About SELinux:

Security-enhanced Linux incorporates into Linux a strong, flexible
mandatory access control architecture that enables threats to system
security to be effectively addressed. The NSA's Information Assurance
Research Group has long been interested in the problems associated with
creating secure systems. SELinux draws from the results of that
research. The release of SELinux to the open source community has
proven to be an effective strategy for achieving many research and
technology transfer goals. However, participation in this community is
a new endeavor for NSA that has presented a number of challenges that
needed to be overcome. This presentation will give an overview of
SELinux and how its security features enable systems to be configured
more securely than is currently possible using mainstream operating
systems. In addition. it will touch upon the benefits, as well as the
challenges, of the federal government working in the open source
arena.

About the Participants:

Mr. Loscocco is a senior research scientist with the Information
Assurance Research Group of NSA where he has studied problems
associated with computer and network security since 1985. Since 1990,
he has concentrated in the area of operating system security where he
has helped develop a series of prototype secure operating systems. He
currently leads NSA's operating system research program. Mr. Loscocco
and his team developed SELinux, the secure variant of Linux that NSA
released in December 2000 to help influence the direction of security
in mainstream operating systems.

Mark Westerman Managing Partner for Westcam, Inc.,
has over 15 years of experience in all phases of computer network design,
network security, encryption technology, and firewalls as well as
UNIX, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 expertise. Mark has designed AIS level
3 security systems and network security systems for NASA.
He was the head security designer of one of NASA's AIS 3 network
development environments. For the last 2 years he has been implementing SELinux
systems for use in connecting single computers to multiple security level
system for NASA. SNARE background at
http://www.intersectalliance.com/projects/Snare/Documentation/index.html...
RE=5Finstallation

Martin R. Dean represents the Cyberspace Policy Institute's Security-Enhanced
Linux project. The project's goal is to create, maintain, and continually
improve a secure Linux version and to develop a community of
Security-Enhanced Linux support to eGovernment organizations. Mr. Dean holds
a BS degree in Computer and Information Science, an MS in Information
Systems Management and currently pursues a Ph.D. in Computer Science at The
George Washington University. Mr. Dean specializes in computer security in
his academic endeavors. Mr. Dean is a principal engineer with SAIC and has strong experience in
systems engineering, software engineering and computer networking. At The
George Washington University, Mr. Dean has taught three times the operating
system lab, where he has guided his students in writing kernel modules and
device drivers using the Linux operating system.

Tony Stanco is a Senior Policy Analyst of the Cyberspace Policy Institute (CPI) at The George Washington University, where he advocates both the commercial and philosophical advantages of Open Source/Free Software around the world. Before joining CPI, Tony worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC as a senior attorney in the Internet and software group. Tony is a listed speaker on behalf of the Free Software Foundation and GNU Project.

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