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Wind River Adds Security Boost for the Internet of Things to Its Market-Leading Linux Platform

Wind River®, a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, has announced Security Profile for Wind River Linux, a software offering certifiable to the Common Criteria General Purpose Operating System (GPOS) Protection Profile up to Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL 4). With increasing connectivity among devices, using a well-established, standards-based approach such as Common Criteria during development can help address security concerns around the Internet of Things (IoT). Additionally, Wind River has released the latest version of Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux, a turnkey platform for customers to meet Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) requirements.

Security Profile is a high value add-on software profile for Wind River Linux that delivers new security capabilities to help developers combat against future threats arising from the growth of IoT. Key features—including a hardened kernel, secure boot, a security-focused user space, and the Yocto Project Compatible Wind River Linux base—seamlessly integrate with validation tools, documentation, and hardware support.

"With the Internet of Things, the needs around device connectivity and security are growing more complex, yet companies are under pressure to keep to tighter development schedules and budgets,” said Dinyar Dastoor, vice president of product management at Wind River. “Our new Security Profile for Wind River Linux provides a secure and reliable industry standard computing platform that allows customers to shorten development lifecycles and get to market faster with the security, performance, and user experience required for today’s increasingly intelligent and connected devices across a range of industries.”

"With rising movements like the Internet of Things, developers are facing new complexities as they work on projects that demand higher levels of security, intelligence, and performance,” said Mike Woster, chief operating officer at The Linux Foundation. "Wind River has long been an open source champion and continues to pave the way for developers to use the latest Linux innovations and overcome new hurdles.”

Using Security Profile, customers can utilize the breadth and depth of multi-industry security best practices incorporated into the Common Criteria protection profile. In addition, where Common Criteria evaluation is necessary, Security Profile reduces the cost and schedule of developing, certifying, and maintaining a full-featured Linux distribution in the Common Criteria evaluation scheme. Security Profile includes certification evidence for the functional and assurance requirements to become certifiable. By demonstrating that their products work on a certifiable platform from Wind River, developers can work through the traditionally complicated and expensive certification process much faster. With help from Wind River, customers can achieve faster time to market and meet the security needs of a diverse range of industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial, and networking.

Wind River commercial support, including flaw remediation evaluated to Common Criteria EAL 4+, extends across the Wind River Linux product portfolio, including the new Security Profile. This provides customers with extremely responsive issue resolution, which is especially key as security issues are often well underway before a public announcement is released.

Separately, the updated release of Carrier Grade Profile includes support for the latest Linux kernel 3.10 LTSI release and expanded silicon support for a variety of hardware architectures. The profile also includes virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) with containers to seamlessly provide carrier grade functionality in a virtualized environment. As data traffic pushes the limits of the carrier network, and the industry is evolving towards network functions virtualization (NFV), it is critical to uphold carrier grade reliability and maintain the strict service level agreement (SLA) performance and security requirements that carriers already guarantee their customers today.

Wind River Linux delivers a commercial-grade Linux platform and easy out-of-the box experience with a rich set of capabilities based on the latest open source technologies, fully integrated development tools, worldwide support and maintenance, and expert professional services. Developed from the Yocto Project development infrastructure, Wind River Linux allows greater cross-platform compatibility and component interoperability.

For more information about the new Security Profile and updated Carrier Grade Profile, visit http://www.windriver.com/announces/security_carrier_grade_profile?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=PR&utm_campaign=securityprofile.

About Wind River

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River offers the industry's most comprehensive embedded software portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.

Wind River is a trademark or registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. and its affiliates. Other names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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