Sun Microsystems is promising to crank up control and security
features for its users with the worldwide introduction on Tuesday of the Trusted
Solaris 8 Operating Environment.
HONGKONG (SCMP.com) - The
new industrial-strength software platform was designed to cater to enterprises
that require strict control over internal access to system data and resources,
according to Sun.
Paul Li, Sun's director of marketing for Greater China, said the Trusted Solaris
8 Operating Environment enabled organisations to process information on multiple
sensitivity levels based on each user's "need-to-know" classification.
Users are supposed to be only given access to information based on verification
of who they are and then given access to only the information they are authorised
"A trusted operating environment helps ensure sensitive data and classified
information is properly protected," Mr Li said.
Packaged firewall and access control software are the technologies generally
used by organisations to prevent unauthorised external access to their internal
However, Sun claims that the Trusted Solaris 8 Operating Environment supplies
more extensive internal protection against intruders within a system.
Mr Li said there was growing worldwide interest in the Trusted Solaris 8 Operating
Environment as a means to protect secret and sensitive information in military
and government institutions, as well as interest by a number of commercial and
industrial companies, network service providers, banks, commercial enterprises
and educational institutions.
"While the robust security features of the Solaris operating system surpass
the needs of most of today's enterprises, the Trusted Solaris 8 platform fills
the remaining niche by providing government and business industries with one
of the most advanced, security-enhanced operating environments on the market
today," he said.
In addition, the deployment and management experience for the Trusted Solaris
8 software is comparable to the Solaris operating platform, which is Sun's own
variation of the UNIX operating system.
That meant system administrators familiar with Solaris 8 administration would
be confident with Trusted Solaris 8 administration tools as well, Mr Li said.
The Trusted Solaris 8 Operating Environment's mandatory access control, as
such, allows system administrators to manage access to information and process
it at multiple sensitivity levels.
For example, in a financial environment, an internal bank system can be configured
using Trusted Solaris 8 so a bank clerk may view a customer balance while a
loan officer can access only the credit record.
"Many organisations see security as a negative cost that has to be borne, but
in fact it is a positive asset," said Graham Titterington, a senior analyst
at independent research firm Ovum.
"The e-business that can demonstrate effective security has a huge competitive
advantage. It is capable of building trust with partners and customers, because
it can protect the confidentiality and integrity of business information shared
with them. Trusted status means more business opportunities. It also makes it
easier to satisfy data privacy requirements."