AIX Security Expert Eases Complicated System Tuning
Hardening security on any system has always been a critical and intricate job for system and network administrators. They must consider the parameters to be tuned, the configuration files modified and the services enabled or disabled. Main issues system/network administrators face while hardening security of a machine include:
- Security settings are scattered: There are few security settings that involve changes to audit configuration files; some security settings are tuned in the network options and others need password policies to be redefined.
- Expertise is needed: Hardening a system, if done without proper understanding, can result in serious complications. Only experienced system administrators should handle this job.
- AIX* environments are expansive: It’s difficult to maintain a common security policy across an organization that includes hundreds of machines.
- The job is tedious and time consuming: Hardening hundreds of systems in an organization will take time if it must be done manually.
- Security status must be tracked: When a system administrator enforces some security policies on a machine, and another system administrator either intentionally or unintentionally changes even one security setting, it becomes difficult for the first system administrator to track the changes.
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