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RootPrompt.org: Trust and the System Administrator

Jun 19, 2000, 19:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Noel)

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"A System Administrator has a strange relationship with the equipment they manage, with the people using their system and with the world outside their systems. They have to walk a fine line between making their systems unusable and leaving them unsecured or unreliable. To make things even more complicated the line is different for each and every situation. In this article I will overview some of the choices and decisions that a System Administrator must understand and make when building or maintaining their systems."

"I will look at each general area from the point of view of who or what the System Administrator is trusting and some of the factors involved. I have chosen as examples to discuss trusting the OS, hardware, backups, users, physical site, other machines, network and the world."

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