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April 2004

A little betrayal: Windows purists using Linux security features

In cyberspace, there are two kinds of people: Windows enthusiasts and Linux enthusiasts. Both are steadfastly loyal and will fiercely defend their chosen platform. I have a message for my Windows-purist friends: You can use Linux to enhance your security without compromising your allegiance to Redmond. As much as I'd like to, I'm not advocating that you replace your Windows infrastructure. Instead, I'll show you how you can enhance the security of your Windows environment by adding a Linux machine to run free, open-source, best-of-breed security tools -- namely Snort, Nessus and nmap. For optimum security in a Windows environment, you need to install one of those dreaded Linux boxes. These tools are widely used on both Linux and Windows platforms to enumerate, monitor and secure systems and networks. But, as I see all too often, Windows people mistakenly insist on trying to run these applications on Windows machines. Although the open-source Snort IDS can run on Windows, it's faster and more stable on its native *nix. Whether ...

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