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SANS awards Information Security Leadership Award to OpenBSD
By Jeremy C. Reed
In July, The SANS Institute named OpenBSD as the winner of the 2003 Information Security Leadership Award for effective security testing of an operating system. The award were presented by Richard Clarke, the United States' first counterterrorism coordinator and cyberspace security advisor, in Washington, D.C.
SANS solicited nominations via a newsletter that goes to more than 200,000 security professionals. And according to SANS, the final winners are chosen by a team of SANS researchers and validated by the SANS security faculty.
The SANS announcement said in an 2003 competition among military academies and grad schools, in which they competed to provide the best defense against cyber attacks launched by National Security Agency specialists, the judges acknowledged that in the final analysis, use of OpenBSD was a determining factor in the winner's ability to fight off attacks.
The announcement also said that this award demonstrates that even in complex software like operating systems, unequivocal, uncompromising attention to writing safe software does work.
Other winners of the SANS' Information Security Leadership Awards include Dell Computer for the Baked-In Security award, Microsoft's Windows XP for the effective automated security patching award, and MCI for best defense against distributed denial of service attacks and most rapid action to stop damage from Internet worms.
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