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February 2004

OS Hardening and Other Essential Linux Skills for Maintaining Security

The increased reliability and potentially better security of Linux is tempting more than a few frustrated Windows shops to consider jumping ship to the popular open source OS. You'll need competent Linux administrators and managers to deploy and maintain secure systems. This is critical, since the security of any system is directly proportional to the abilities and experience of the people operating them. While there are a number of things you'll want your Linux administrators to know, they should have the following security-specific Linux skills. - OS Hardening. This involves reconfiguring core settings, deactivating unneeded programs and tuning the remaining services for better security. In Linux implementations, this also can involve configuring the embedded system-level firewall. These steps will mitigate most known vulnerabilities and neutralize most attacks -- up to 97% in some lab tests. Freeware applications and tools like Bastille Linux, Titan and the Center for Internet Security's (CIS) Unix security scoring tool help ...

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