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Research and Development Areas

One key point of the DGSA is showing that absolute protection is maintained as additional systems are added to the Virtual Secure Network. The authors address several areas which are in need of further research to achieve this goal. One of the questions they pose is what procedures need to be followed to assure the tester/certifier that the security policy which is supposed to be in force is the one being carried out. Another area of interest is whether it is possible to standardize the expression of policy so that this expression may be used automatically to generate parameters or rules for an implementation of the policy. Furthermore, they talk about how communication between virtual machines can be implemented and refer to the Java Virtual Machine as an option.

Tim Wellhausen
2000-01-20