ANN: NSA Director of Information Assurance to be Keynote Speaker at SELinux Symposium

Frank Mayer mayerf at
Wed Feb 7 21:36:52 UTC 2007

All, we just announced that Richard Schaeffer, NSA Director of Information
Assurance, will be a keynote speaker at the SELinux symposium this March
(I've attached the press release below). He joins Daniel Frye of IBM as our
two keynote speakers this year.

As a reminder early registration ends February 23. After that date the
conference rate goes up some, but as important, the block of reserved hotel
rooms for the conference are no longer assured. So if you are planning to
come to the symposium this year, I recommend you register by that date.

Regards, Frank


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

Baltimore, Maryland­February 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 States¹ national security systems. IAD is also responsible for
defining and implementing the Information Assurance Strategy to protect the
Department of Defense¹s (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 today¹s net-centric

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 year¹s symposium, Mr. Schaeffer will present a
keynote address entitled ³SELinux: An Example of a Better Path to
Information Assurance through Partnership.²  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 scheduled for March 12-16, 2007 in
Baltimore, Maryland, USA. This year's symposium is sponsored by
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Red Hat, and Tresys Technology. 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  

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