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Computer Security Initiative


Announced in 1977 under the direction of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the United States Department of Defense Computer Security Initiative served to focus defense-related computer security issues. Launched in 1978 when the DoD called together government and industry participants in a series of workshops, the Initiative addressed several pressing questions relating to computer security:(1)

1) Are secure computer systems useful and feasible?
2) What mechanisms should be developed to evaluate and approve secure computer systems?
3) How can computer vendors be encouraged to develop secure computer systems?(2)

The second of these workshops led to significant work on the evaluation of technical computer security effectiveness. In support of its report, and the Computer Security Initiative, the MITRE Corporation began its development of the evaluation criteria that would become the Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC).(3)


1 , 3 : tcsec.pdf, 7

2 : R. Lehtinen, Computer Security Basics, Sebastopol, CA (O'Reilly Media, 2004), 18.

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