02 March 2007

Safeguarding the Keys to the Linux Kingdom

"One of the most common security challenges Linux and Unix IT administrators face is how to effectively manage the root or super-user account. In an age of regulatory compliance and data privacy laws -- and as more and more organizations elect to run mission-critical financial, CRM (customer relationship management), SCM (supply chain management) and other applications in heterogeneous Unix and Linux environments -- controlling and auditing privileged account access is more crucial than ever.

Without proper controls, anyone with access to the root account -- the virtual "keys to the kingdom" -- is given complete super-user privileges without justification based on their job classification, specific duties or role within the IT department."

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