WinNT awarded C2 status!
Posted on: 01/07/2000 08:38 PM

According to this article over at WinNT Mag, WinNT has officially achieved C2 status. For those of you not in the know, C2 is about the highest level of security certification an OS can get. This means big things for Microsoft as it will open them up to a whole other market of consumers.
On December 6, Microsoft announced that Windows NT 4.0 has qualified for the US Government’s C2 security certification. NT 4.0 received both Orange Book C2-level evaluation and FIPS 140-1 validation of the cryptographic services that the Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 (Win2K) OSs provide.

Microsoft’s press release described the C2 rating as “generally acknowledged to be the highest rating that a general-purpose operating system can achieve.” The effect of this announcement is that Microsoft can now sell NT 4.0 into large high-security networks. Government networks, military contractors, and the financial community are among the potential customers that require a C2 rating.

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