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Trusted Computer Solutions Introduces Automated Lock Down Solution

Security Blanket available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating systems running on IBM System z hardware
HERNDON, Va. " September 8, 2009 " Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. (TCS), a leading developer of cross domain and cyber security solutions, today announced that Security Blanket, the company's award-winning automated lock down solution, is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating systems running on IBM System z hardware. Security Blanket provides mainframe users the ability to centrally manage multiple virtual server configurations, assess their level of security against industry standard security guidelines, and automatically configure their operating systems (OS) to a state of lock down. Importantly, the virtual servers can be associated with groups based on common functionality or security requirements, making it simple to manage large virtual environments running on System z.

"Mainframe environments, especially those within government, financial services and healthcare, are recognizing the lower total cost of ownership achieved when they migrate from UNIX to Linux. Our customers are recognizing significant savings on hardware and software," said Shawn Wells, Director of Global System z Sales and Strategy at Red Hat. "We are excited that TCS has made Security Blanket available to our Red Hat Enterprise Linux mainframe customers, further reducing costs by automating the OS lock down process."

According to a recent global study commissioned by CA (NASDAQ: CA), large enterprises continue to step up their investments in Linux on the mainframe in order to deliver more value to the business while controlling IT costs. The two main reasons cited by respondents for an increase of Linux on the mainframe are the desire to take advantage of computing capacity available on their mainframe's central processors and their assessment that using Linux on the mainframe would be more cost-effective than other platforms.

"Organizations today are looking for higher utilization rates, decreased power consumption, and the flexibility to shift capacity on demand," stated Ed Hammersla, Chief Operating Officer for TCS. "The System z's advanced virtualization stack, which enables high sustained capacity utilization, is a big draw for organizations seeking a consolidation platform. Security Blanket now provides system administrators in System z environments with a solution that automates the process of securing any number of virtual operating systems to customized or industry standard levels of compliancy."

TCS engaged in IBM's Systems Application Advantage for Linux program (a.k.a. Chiphopper) for developing and testing Security Blanket on the System z platform and received official Chiphopper Assurance approval. With the addition of System z, Security Blanket broadens the family of platforms it supports. The solution also runs on x86 (both Linux and Solaris), SPARC, and VMWare vSphere. For more information about Security Blanket visit:

About Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. Founded in 1994, Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) is an industry leader in providing cross domain and cyber security solutions for both the private and public sectors. The Company's portfolio of security products include the SecureOffice' Suite, a group of cross domain solutions that allow the secure transfer and sharing of information; Security Blanket, an industry award-winning operating system lock down and security management tool; and CounterStorm, a behavioral, statistical and content-based anomaly detection system that rapidly identifies targeted and zero day attacks. All TCS solutions are backed by the company's Professional Services group, which consists of nationally recognized experts in security policy, architecture, planning, and implementation. TCS is headquartered in Herndon, Va., with offices in Champaign, Ill. and San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit

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