Red Hat Launches Linux Security Certification Program

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2005-10-13 Print this article Print

The performance-based test is the first to focus on enterprise Linux server security, the software company said. (The Channel Insider)

Enterprise Linux software maker Red Hat Inc. Thursday launched a new security certification program for IT managers and Linux sysadmins and developers, Red Hat Certified Security Specialist. It is the first enterprise Linux certification program of its kind, the company said.
Red Hat has long had RHCE (Certified Engineer) and RHCA (Certified Architect) programs in operation.
The RHCSS (Certified Security Specialist) designation is the first performance-based certification focused on security competency for enterprise Linux servers, the company said. "We insist upon performance-based testing on live systems to certify individuals in the program," Red Hat Vice President of Global Learning Services Peter Childers told Ziff Davis Internet. "The standard security certification program, the CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional), is simply a multiple-choice test. It is what it is. "But we believe that for a companys shareholders, data is where much of their value lies. We are adding another level of assurance that a companys data will be secure when the professionals who administer that data are certified to a higher level. That is why we use performance-based testing on live systems, only, in our programs. Its the only way to really know whether a person is truly qualified." Red Hat launches its "Security in a Networked World" initiative. Click here to read more. Linux security has not been nearly as problematic as Windows system security over the years, due largely to the proliferation of Microsoft Corp. operating systems in desktops and servers and the security-conscious architecture of Linux itself. Thus, the need for security certification programs like Red Hats hasnt been as pressing. But, Childers said, things have changed in the last few years. Read the full story on The Channel Insider: Red Hat Launches Linux Security Certification Program Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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 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 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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