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Agency to release open-source security suite

Including email encryption for Windows users

Germany's BSI (its Federal Office for Information Security) will present several open-source-based desktop and security applications tomorrow at a local Linux event.

The applications include an email encryption tool for Windows users, a security suite for the public and private sectors and desktop systems for public administrations, the BSI said today.

The GNU gpg4win (Privacy Guard for Windows) application is based on the free software GnuPG, designed to enable data encryption and easy integration with other applications, including Microsoft's Outlook 2003. The software, available for free under terms of the GNU General Public License, can be used not only by public administrations and businesses but also by consumers.

The product is available for download here.

BSI's open-source security suite, also known as Boss, allows public- and private-sector organisations to centrally monitor the security of their entire IT networks. The application is based largely on the open-source scanner Nessus and the tool SLAD (Security Local Auditing Daemon), designed to perform local security checks against GNU/Linux systems.

The product is available for download here.

As part of the government-funded Erposs (Experiment with Open Source Software) project, which aims to make open-source software easier to install and use by public administrations, BSI and Credative GmbH collaborated to make the Erposs4 desktop application. The application, based on the Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 OS and the KDE 3.3 graphic interface, includes OpenOffice, KMail with integrated virus and spam protection and the Mozilla Firefox browser, as well as a preconfigured personal firewall.

The product is available here.

Most of the information about the BSI products is in German only, but the agency points out that because of the input from international groups, some information is also available in English.

English-language information about BSI is available here.

The agency will present the open source applications at the LinuxTag conference and exhibition, which runs from 3-6 May in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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