Men in Black Security Guides

By Blane Warrene

Where might one go for advanced security techniques? Regardless of where on the planet you may be – if you think about it for a while the United States Government’s National Security Agency will pop up on that list somewhere.

These are the folks who brought us the excellent Security Enhanced Linux — a promising construction of the Linux kernel for ‘hardened’ protection and administration.

I was pointed to a new security configuration guide released on October 15th for tweaking OS X (Panther) — showing deeper penetration by Apple beyond the research tiers in the public sector, where they have a stronghold, into more mainstream usage areas.

While there I discovered an entire library of documents covering new and legacy platforms and applications relevant to the web professional, including:

  • A brief on network security, and router guidelines
  • Java plug-in security
  • IIS 5.0 recommendations
  • Techniques for securing Microsoft SQL and Oracle database servers
  • Client and server configuration guides for Exchange Server 2000 and Outlook
  • and much more — free for the taking..

The NSA’s site has great depth and is fairly easy to maneuver — there are some interesting research projects and outreach programs to academia, businesses and within the government.

  • Nikobass

    Nice post Blane. It’s very great to learn all those security tips for Mac OS X since I’m using it since some months but I didn’t take the time to learn all those elements. It could be great if you continue to post information for Mac OS X platform.

    Keep uo the good work :)

  • Thanks for the kind words. You will find a lot of Mac material mixed into my columns and blog posts as I use it both as a Mac and as an open source platform for work and play. Thanks again!

  • Hey, the NSA’s site is down! Weird…

  • Scratch that, it’s back! Or maybe it was just the dial-up connection I was using yesterday? :-/

  • Immensely useful link – added to my bookmarks :) Thanks Blane.

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