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Red Hat Achieves Security Certification In Russia

Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM solutions certified by Russian Government Agency FSTEK

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the worlds leading provider of open source solutions, today announced together with IBM and VDEL, a leading IT services distribution company in Eastern Europe and Russia, that state certification has been awarded by the Russian Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEK) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux on various IBM solutions. Russian Government institutions can now use IBM System x, IBM BladeCenter, IBM System p, IBM System i and IBM System z servers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Following the joint efforts of IBM, Red Hat and VDEL, Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS and WS 4 Update 1 + Audit Pack 1 has been certified on all IBM hardware platforms to the EAL4 and UDF4 levels.



This specific Russian security certification allows Red Hat Enterprise Linux, running on IBM servers, to be used for work with confidential data within government bodies in the country. The process of certification involved recompilation, analysis of related documentation and all aspects of development, testing and support for the product that was performed by the Center for Security of Information (CBI). With the open source software, CBI had to rebuild over 700 packages to determine that the binaries are 100 percent produced from the corresponding source code.



Red Hat Enterprise Linux has achieved a number of international certifications for security, the most important of which is the certification to the Common Criteria standards both in the United States and Russia. These criteria are developed by delegates from over 20 countries and are an internationally recognized ISO standard (ISO/IEC 15408). The Common Criteria defines the procedure for product evaluation, the assessment of which is performed in approved laboratories. Certification is made according to one of the accepted defence profiles, describing the security system from a functional point of view for one of the Assurance Levels, thus illustrating the compliance of the system to the proposed criteria.



“Todays announcement is an important achievement that will help increase the popularity of Linux in the Government sector”, said Denis Sosnovtsev, Director of Linux Competance Center, IBM. “Receiving the FSTEK certificate for the whole line of IBM servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a major endorsement for the quality and reliability of Open Source software.”



“The high level of security built into Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the many reasons that government departments with high security requirements choose Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a basis for their IT infrastructure”, said Werner Knoblich, Vice President and General Manager for EMEA, Red Hat. “Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been accepted for use at the government level in China, France, Germany and many other countries. This certification awarded in Moscow is further recognition that the Red Hat platform is trusted by the world’s most influential governments.”



“Certification of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the IBM Platform according to the FSTEK requirements is an important step in Russian IT development. It allows state departments that have high security requirements to benefit from the latest developments in the software world”, said Milan Prohaska, CEO, VDEL. “VDEL is delighted with this outcome and is proud to be a contributor in this solution.”



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About Red Hat, Inc.



Red Hat, the world’s leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. CIOs rank Red Hat the most valuable software vendor three years running in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high-quality, low-cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides an operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, along with applications, management, and middleware solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat is accelerating the shift to service-oriented architectures and enabling the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hats open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with a focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.



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About VDEL Limited.



VDEL GmbH, headquartered in Vienna Austria, is the leading IT Services Distribution company in the territory of Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. IT Services that VDEL delivers, using most advanced new technology methods, include 24 by 7 product implementation and configuration support, products translation and localization with maintenance of updates and upgrades, education and hands-on training, examination,marketing and sales support. VDEL provides and distributes these and other related services through our local value-add partner network that helps customers increase their productivity using selected vendor and open source products. http://www.vdel.com

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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