Inside the world of secure operating systems

Tuesday, 8 April 2003, 2:10 PM EST

Anyone who has been following the operating system market for long has probably heard about secure operating systems. But what exactly does this term mean? After all, security is purportedly a goal of most operating systems.

Generally, the term "secure operating system" refers to a system that falls into one of the following two categories: hardened and trusted OSes. Although the end goal -- a secure operating environment -- is the same, each approach is different. But do these offerings really deliver on their promises, or is "secure operating system" just another vendor buzzword?

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