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On The Radar: Tools to survive the security wilderness
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of October 2005
On a recent visit to Alaska, where nature manifests its power on an awe-inspiring scale, the unspoiled mountains, glaciers and clear air made me think about the basics, including the basics of security. Walking across glaciers is risky and requires constant vigilance to avoid cracks and crevasses. But, with the right tools and expertise, you can navigate the treacherous landscape with relative ease. The same holds true for security. In order to gain confidence and ensure vulnerabilities don't fall through the cracks, you'll need the proper instruments. A precheck routine will provide an inventory of what's on the systems you want to protect--the OS, applications and services--and what services are visible. A good set of scripts for checking host security from the inside is also important. The Center for Internet Security (CIS), at www.cisecurity.org, provides free system configuration guides and scoring scripts that cover Windows, Solaris, Linux, IOS and other platforms, and even a few critical applications such as Web servers ...
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Education: Dave Dittrich
Financial Services: Christofer Hoff
Telecommunications: Edward Amoroso
Government: Charles McGann
Energy: Richard Jackson
Manufacturing: Hans-Ottmar Beckmann
Health Care: Patrick Heim
Profiles by Michael S. Mimoso, Bill Brenner, Herman Mehling, Susan Hildreth, Mark Baard
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Next month, Microsoft adds a star-studded cast of security features to its database system.
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Read a review of the security book: "InfoSec Career Hacking: Sell Your Skillz, Not Your Soul"
Citadel Security Software's Hercules 4.0 Enterprise Vulnerability Management Suite
F-Secure's Anti-Virus Client Security 6.0
Microsoft's Windows Rights Management Services
Take a look at the security products released in October 2005.
Finjan Software's Vital Security Appliance NG-1100
Columns in this issue
Dataflation is the destabilizing tendency of data to lose value due to factors such as large-scale unauthorized access, excessive abuse and loss of confidentiality.