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CNET News.com: Center for Internet Security group crafts rating system for server security

Dec 22, 2000, 17:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"Are your servers as secure as Fort Knox or as open as a revolving door? The newly formed Center for Internet Security hopes to answer that question by creating a suite of tests that would give computer owners a rating--on a scale of 1 to 10--of how good their security is. A level-10 server could protect an e-commerce company's virtual gold, while a level-1 server would be an online vandal's playground."

"Our members are just saying that they would like to see global benchmarks," said Alan Paller, director of research for the Systems Administration Networking and Security (SANS) Institute and a founding member of the 71-member center. "The banks want these types of benchmarks. The government wants these types of benchmarks. The center's work is a guide that people will use."

"The center's members are working together to create a rating system for Solaris, Linux and Windows 2000, Paller said. The guidelines could be completed as early as March 2001."

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