Re-designing Linux Security: Do No Harm


Cloud is the dominant computing trend of our time, and Linux powers the cloud. Linux has been taking over the world for some time now. If you haven’t noticed, it can be found behind the scenes powering web servers, mobile devices, the top 500 supercomputers, watches, thermostats, televisions, and cars. As businesses become more savvy to the benefits of Linux, we see accelerated adoption of the operating system in the form of both migrations of existing applications and greenfield application deployments. Linux is here, we best secure it.

The goals of this whitepaper are to bring light to the flaws with porting Windows security approaches to Linux, identify unique challenges with securing Linux infrastructure, introduce a list of questions one can use to better evaluate a Linux security offering, and propose a core set of design principles on which strong Linux security offerings can be built.


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