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04 Apr 2012
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16 Ultimate SSH Hacks [25869]
IT World Writer Challenges the Security-minded

Carla Schroder challenges her readers to test their mettle against 16 ultimate SSH hacks that she identifies in her IT World article of that title. These are expert tips and tricks, she writes, from identifying monkey-in-the-middle attacks to road warrior security to attaching remote screen sessions. The comments posted make for spirited reading, as one might expect on such a subject.
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27 Feb 2012
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EAL4+ Certification Process Underway for Solaris 11 [25516]
Highest Level Typically Achievable for Commercial Software

Solaris 11 has been submitted for certification by the Canadian Common Criteria Scheme in Level EAL4+. Certification will be against the protection profile "Operating System Protection Profile (OS PP)" as well as the extensions Advanced Management (AM); Extended Identification and Authentication (EIA); Labeled Security (LS); and Virtualization (VIRT). According to Oracle, EAL4+ is the highest level typically achievable for commercial software. Completion of the certification lies in the hands of the certification authority. Readers can follow the status of this certification (as well as other certified Oracle software) on the page Oracle Security Evaluations.
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27 Feb 2012
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Enterprise Single Sign-on ROI Calculator [25504]
Try It; Know Your Costs

A post by Naresh Persaud demonstrates the use of an Enterprise Single Sign-on ROI Calculator, that uses aspects of end-user information and help desk information to calculate the actual ROI of employing ESSO. The post has a link to the ROI calculator the enables readers to plug in their own data for a demonstration of their respective costs.
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20 Feb 2012
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Oracle Security Inside Out Newsletter [25380]
January Edition

The January 2012 issue of the Oracle Security Inside Out newsletter is available and includes stories on several important topics, including:

  • Healthcare Organizations Find Help in Oracle Security Solutions
  • Enterprise Single Sign-On: Drive Rapid ROI, Slash Password-Related Support Calls Up to 80 Percent
  • IDC Report: Database Security Is Keystone of Effective Data Leak Prevention Links to webcasts on Identity Management and Database Security are also part of the issue.

Blogger Troy Kitch provides a link to the newsletter in his post.
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30 Jan 2012
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Building a Secure Cloud with Identity Management [25330]
Webcast Covers IM Resources of SaskTel

The summary of a webcast on Building a Secure Cloud with Identity Management provides links to the archived webcast itself. Brian Baird of SaskTel points out how customers can employ the SaskTel architectural model, which makes it simple to consume Identity Management as a service from the SaskTel cloud. SaskTel also makes it simple to bring cloud services back in house, he adds. In addition, Baird suggests that the SaskTel Identity Management Center of Excellence is designed to make it easy to consume critical capabilities offered by the Oracle Identity Management stack such as workflows, self service provisioning etc.
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16 Jan 2012
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Solaris 11 Compliance with DISA Security Guidance [25123]
Jim Laurent Satisfied with Compliance Effected by Release of Solaris 11

In his post on Solaris 11 compliance with DISA Security guidelines Jim Laurent cautions readers not to construe his comments as a declaration of compliance by either Oracle or DISA but rather a casual review of Solaris 11 against current DISA Security Guidelines. Laurent notes that an issue raised in his review a year ago has now -- with the release of Solaris 11 -- been fixed. That was the inability to mount /var as a separate file system as the scripts require. The default installation now automatically sets of /var as a separate ZFS data set, Laurent writes.
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