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SGI Platforms Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 Clear IT Security Hurdle

07-18-2008 02:03 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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Evaluation by atsec information security confirms SGI Altix and Altix XE systems meet stringent security demands of government and defense customers

Austin, TX – atsec information security and SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 running on two SGI® Altix® family systems has successfully completed the Common Criteria evaluation at evaluation assurance level (EAL) 4+.

The achievement confirms that SGI® Altix® and Altix® XE systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 meet government and military security standards, making the systems available to customers with more stringent security requirements. EAL 4+ is the highest assurance level ever achieved by Linux® OS-based systems from SGI.

Passing the evaluation, which was performed by atsec, means that SGI Altix systems received Common Criteria Security Certification EAL 4+ from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), a U.S. Government initiative developed to meet the security testing needs of both IT consumers and producers. The long-term goal of NIAP, which is operated by the National Security Agency (NSA), is to help increase the level of trust consumers have in their information systems and networks through the use of cost-effective security testing, evaluation, and validation programs.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 provides an enterprise-focused Linux environment. Areas of specific development include improvements in security capabilities, increased server performance and scalability, and enhanced desktop capabilities.
atsec, the world’s most successful Common Criteria evaluator of Linux OS products, conducted the comprehensive evaluation. To date, atsec has performed more than 10 Linux evaluations on six different Linux platforms at assurance levels EAL2, EAL3, and EAL4+ under both the German BSI and U.S. NIAP CCEVS Common Criteria schemes.

Details of the evaluation are available at, For information on SGI Altix and Altix XE systems, visit

atsec information security corporation
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Austin, TX 78759

Phone: +1-512-615-7300
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SGI | Innovation for Results™
SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) is a leader in high-performance computing. SGI delivers a broad range of high-performance server, storage and visualization solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex data-intensive workflows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation and information transformation. SGI helps customers solve significant challenges whether it’s enhancing the quality of life through drug research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate change, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and can be found on the Web at

About atsec information security
atsec information security is an independent, standards-based information technology security services company that combines a business-oriented approach to information security with in-depth technical knowledge and global experience. atsec was founded in Munich (Germany) in 2000 and has extensive international operations with offices in the U.S., Germany, Sweden and China.
atsec offers evaluation and testing services leading to formal certification for IT security including evaluation under Common Criteria schemes in the U.S., Germany, and Sweden; cryptographic module and algorithm testing under the Cryptographic Module Validation Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) in Canada; and compliance validation to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard.
atsec also offers secure code review, ISO/IEC 27001 ISMS consulting, and penetration testing and scanning services.
atsec works with leading global companies such as IBM, HP, Oracle, Cray, BMW, SGI, Vodafone, Swisscom, RWE, and Wincor-Nixdorf.

SGI and Altix are registered trademarks, and NUMAlink is a trademark, of SGI in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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