Monday, May 11, 2009

Solaris TX Could Have Saved San Francisco

The story that came out of San Francisco on August 12th, 2008 should be extremely frightening for all IT Managers. The Washington Post, has a great article on this written by Ashley Surdin.

Ashley brings out, "San Francisco is being forced to overhaul security measures on the computer network that controls data for its police, courts, jails, payroll and health services, as well as other crucial information, after the technology administrator entrusted with the system blocked access for everyone but himself last month and for days refused to reveal the password, even from jail. "

There is a misconception that Solaris with Trusted Extensions is only for the three letter government agencies and it is simply not true. A very important aspect is how Solaris Trusted Extensions - Labeled Security for Absolute Protection - simply extends Solaris security. The paragraph below is brought out on the Solaris TX page and is key for everyone to understand:

"It utilizes User and Process Rights Management, Solaris Containers, file systems, and networking and doesn't require a new or separate kernel. Best of all, it doesn't require ISVs to requalify their applications to run them with sensitivity labels. And because it's an extension to the Solaris 10 OS's security policy, Solaris Trusted Extensions technology is flexible and quick to deploy: You can add new applications, new users, and more, very quickly, without extensive analysis of each application — and without the need to write complex, error-prone security policies that require a system reboot."

Solaris has been and will continue to be a leader in being the most open and secure operating system on planet earth.

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