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National Security Agency Director of Information Security to be Keynote Speaker at Third Security Enhanced Linux Symposium

Baltimore, Md. - (February 7, 2007) - Richard Schaeffer, Director of Information Assurance for the National Security Agency (NSA), will be a keynote speaker for the third annual Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Symposium (, scheduled for March 12-16, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) is the NSA mission element charged with providing products and services critical to protecting the United States' national security systems. IAD is also responsible for defining and implementing the Information Assurance Strategy to protect the Department of Defense's (DoD) Global Information Grid (GIG). Moreover, IAD supports ongoing military operations against terrorism by delivering solutions that allow the secure and dynamic sharing of information across security domains at multiple classification levels in today's net-centric environment.

Consistent with its national security mission, NSA originally developed and publicly released SELinux as a demonstration that high-end security access control features could be successfully integrated into mainstream open source technology. At this year's symposium, Mr. Schaeffer will present a keynote address entitled "SELinux: An Example of a Better Path to Information Assurance through Partnership." In this address, Mr. Schaeffer will discuss the benefits to both Government and business organizations that can be gained by working with the open source community.

About the SELinux Symposium
The Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Symposium is an annual exchange of ideas, technology, and research involving SELinux. SELinux is emerging technology that adds flexible, strong mandatory access control security to Linux. The third annual Symposium is schedule for March 12-16, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Last year's symposium was sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Red Hat, Tresys Technology, and Trusted Computer Solutions. The event brings together experts from business, government, and academia to share research, development, and application experiences using SELinux. For information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, see or
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