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Encyclopedia > Trusted operating system

The phrase trusted operating system generally refers to an operating system that provides sufficient support for multilevel security and evidence of correctness to meet a particular set of government requirements.


The most common set of criteria for trusted operating system design is the Common Criteria. The Common Criteria is the result of a multi-year effort by the governments of the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Netherlands to develop a harmonized security criteria for IT products.


External links

  • http://www.sei.cmu.edu/str/descriptions/trusted_body.html

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SIGNAL Magazine (1918 words)
The NSA’s definition of trusted refers to a system component, such as the operating system or RDBMS, that operates according to the mandatory access control policy and is subject to rules for labeling files and accessing records.
Currently, only one operating system, Trusted Solaris 8 from Sun Microsystems, is certified to operate at the high levels of functionality and assurance specified by the NSA and the Defense Department.
While almost all operational systems within these organizations contain classified data, there also is an increasing requirement to be able to share such data across networks “from the White House to the foxhole,” as one Defense Department expert describes it.
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