Securing Intranets with IPCop

Wednesday, 11 February 2004, 11:02 AM EST

Simply put, your small-to-medium business intranet is only as strong as its weakest point. In-depth defense is the only adequate approach to security. One compromised system on an intranet is all it takes for trojans, such as key-loggers, to be planted and used to scalp passwords and access even more systems. An in-depth defense requires both host and network auditing and detection, in addition to basic host and network perimeter security. Because any security can be defeated, it is essential to be alerted when it has been. There is no greater business liability than an intranet that has become unknowingly compromised.

IPCop is an ideal, low-budget solution for intranets that require comprehensive network security. On the surface, IPCop is an integrated Web interface with a formidable assortment of security tools. Inside, IPCop is actually a scaled-down Linux distribution outfitted and optimized to serve as a firewall.

By Phil Barnett and Bryan Smith at Sys Admin Magazine.

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