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Rancher Government Solutions Teams with Linux Foundation for Training, Certification Programs; Ben Zifrony Quoted

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Rancher Government Solutions, a company focused on delivering secure, open source technology to the public sector, has teamed with the Linux Foundation, an open source technology consortium.

The collaboration allows RGS to add the complete portfolio of the Linux Foundation’s e-Learning courses to specific support subscriptions, the Reston, Virginia-based company announced on Monday.

“Cloud Native technology like Kubernetes require new skills. We are committed to enabling our customers to build those skills as part of their application modernization journey,” said Ben Zifrony, regional vice president of channels and alliances at RGS.

The Linux Foundation’s open source model promotes software enhancement by allowing freely available code to be modified and updated, unlike private architectures, which can impose limitations on change and growth in technology.

“Partnering with RGS to support the U.S. Government in their adoption of open source through secure tools and training is critically important,” said Clyde Seepersad, senior vice president and general manager of training and certification at the Linux Foundation.

The partnership follows RGS’ confirmation of multiple Security Technical Information Guide validations from the Defense Information Systems Agency for its Kubernetes technologies.

In April, the company’s Multi-cluster Manager version 2.6, which allows Department of Defense information technology specialists to integrate cluster deployment of bare metal, public and private clouds, vSphere and at the edge, received STIG approval.

RGS also received STIG validation for its RKE2 Kubernetes distribution, which made the organization the sole company offering a DISA-approved Kubernetes distribution STIG.

The Linux Foundation has also been working to bolster software security. In a collaboration with the Open Source Software Security Foundation, the organization has helped create a plan to enhance the security of open source software.

Priorities within the plan include securing open source security production, enhancing vulnerability discovery and remediation and accelerating ecosystem patching response time.