|The Software Evaluation Group is composed of a number of
students and faculty within the COAST
Laboratory at Purdue University who are
interested in evaluating computer security software.
Purpose of the Group
The purposes for the Software Evaluation Group within COAST
- To gain direct experience in the installation, evaluation,
configuration and usage of different security software
- To provide a common software evaluation form for evaluating
publically available software currently on the COAST archive and
in the commercial realm.
- To install and configure software to protect and monitor
Our group has a number of different near-term goals for this
- Finding an appropriate list of objective criteria for
evaluation of security related software.
- Evaluating different commercial and public-domain security
software, to make the information useful to people looking for
software to use for the protection, monitoring, evaluation of
The group started its activities recently, and has currently
achieved the following:
- Completion of the initial version of the evaluation
- Initial evaluation of the Security Analysis Tool for Auditing
Networks (SATAN) and Tripwire.
Members of the Group
The Software Evaluation Group is composed of the following COAST students and
- Gene Spafford, Director
- Jai Sundar Balasubramaniyan, Graduate student
- Todd O'Boyle, Undergraduate Student
Software Evaluation Project Group