Red Hat Beefs Up Enterprise Linux Desktop Security

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-02-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Red Hat's new release of its Certificate System will focus on automated logins and U.S. government security criteria. (DesktopLinux)

Red Hat, which launched the "Security in a Networked World" initiative for Linux/open-source security last August, announced plans to fortify its enterprise desktop Linux platform. "Security" in this context, however, is about identity management and authentication, rather than the typical Windows concern with viral/worm protection. Red Hat said the new release of its Certificate System, which will include enhanced identity and authentication management and will be available by mid-2006, will primarily focus on three security areas.
First, with the new release, customers will be able to issue and use smartcards that will support automated logins in a number of applications and operating systems, according to the company, including: Microsoft Windows desktops and servers, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
Additionally, Red Hat said it is partnering with IBM and HP to develop new, deeper security criteria for US government customers. Finally, Red Hat noted that it has received new certification from the NSS (Network Security Solutions) cryptography libraries for new security algorithms.
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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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