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Linux Proliferation Raises Security & Compliance Alerts

Post by Peter McCalister November 16, 2010

The Linux Foundation recently conducted a survey of Linux users who represent the largest enterprise companies and government agencies. The survey found that Linux is poised for growth in the coming years, with 76.4 percent of companies planning to add more Linux servers in the next year.

Linux workloads are also changing, with 60.2 percent of respondents claiming that they plan to use Linux for more mission-critical workloads than they have in the past. Since Linux is on the brink of a usage explosion and considering that a large portion of Linux resources are going to be used for mission-critical workloads, enterprises must ensure that proper security and compliance planning is being transitioned in with the new Linux systems.

A first step that should be taken is implementing a solution that has the ability to delegate granular (least) privileges and authorization without disclosing the root password for Linux platforms. By protecting the root password from misuse of privileged access, an enterprise will be able to meet the security and compliance demands of a Linux server and desktop explosion.

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