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Network Computing: Locked Down Out of the Box [Overview of Secure Distributions]

Nov 26, 2001, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Novak, Patrick Mueller)
"Host-level security is but one building block when constructing an in-depth security strategy. As such, it presents another level of defense against that would-be attacker who has gotten past your perimeter defenses. When properly implemented, host-level security also can prevent rogue internal users, ranging in intent from curious to malicious, from penetrating the server and gaining unauthorized access.

Besides reducing licensing costs and increasing reliability, Linux in the server room can offer, under many circumstances, the most bang for your buck on the performance front. But it can't promise you security right off the bat: Typically, Linux is no more or less secure than any other operating system straight out of the box.

The basics of security boil down to three areas: configuration issues, patch and version levels, and the number of network services, and which ones, are running."

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