Introduce Security Cert for Solaris Administrators

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Sun to Introduce Security Cert for Solaris Administrators



Sun is working on a new security certification for Solaris
administrators, and you have the chance to be one of the first
certified. Sun is offering a beta exam for the new security exam for the
Solaris Operating Environment, which will qualify candidates as Sun
Certified Solaris Security Administrators.



The new certification is geared toward advanced system and network
administrators with six to 12 months of experience administering
security in a Solaris environment, according to Yvonne Prefontaine, the
Solaris Certification program manager at Sun. She said that Sun
recommends candidates attend course SC300, Administering Security on the
Solaris OE and have six to 12 months of security administration job role
experience along with previous Solaris system and network administration



The beta exam for the Sun Certified Solaris Security Administrator
certification is scheduled for Feb. 15 through March 8, 2003. The exam
will include multiple-choice, scenario-based, matching, drag-and-drop
and free-response questions covering general security topics, detection
and device management, security attacks, file and system resources
protection, host and network prevention and network connection access,
authentication and encryption, according to Prefontaine.



Sun already offers two certifications covering the Solaris Operating
Environment: the Sun Certified System Administrator for the Solaris
Operating Environment and the Sun Certified Network Administrator for
the Solaris Operating Environment. Both certifications are based on
instructor-led classes offered by Sun in addition to six to 12 months of
on-the-job experience working with the Solaris Operating Environment.



The Sun Certified System Administrator certification is designed for
system administrators who perform essential system administration tasks,
as well as technical support staff members who administer networked
servers running on the Solaris Operating Environment. There are
certifications covering Solaris 7, Solaris 8 and Solaris 9, and
certification requires two exams, $150 per exam.



The Sun Certified Network Administrator (SCNA) is targeted at system
administrators who administer Sun systems in a networked environment,
which includes LANs and the Solaris Operating Environment. Candidates
must earn the Sun Certified System Administrator as a prerequisite to
this certification. A single exam is required to become an SCNA, which
costs $150.



For more information on Sun’s certification offerings, or to find out
more about the upcoming beta exam for Sun Certified Solaris Security
Administrators, check out



Move It or Lose It



By now, I am sure you have all heard of Economy Class Syndrome. If not,
let me fill you in. People who sit still during an entire long-haul
flight are in danger of developing blood clots in their legs—blood clots
that can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, causing
major health problems or even death.



Well, now some doctors have discovered what they are calling “E-
Thrombosis.” That is, folks who sit at their computers for long periods
are also at risk of developing blood clots that can lead to deep vein
thrombosis. According to research published in The European Respiratory
Journal, a man in New Zealand nearly died from deep vein thrombosis
caused by extensive computer use. 



Dr. Richard Beasley of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in New
Zealand told that though the researchers are not sure
how common e-thrombosis might be, they don’t expect this to be an
isolated case



According to MEDLINE Plus Medical Encyclopedia, an online encyclopedia
at the National Institutes of Health’s Web site, deep vein thrombosis
involves the formation of a clot, usually in the larger veins of the
lower leg and thigh. This clot can break away and travel through the
blood stream. Eventually the clot could lodge in the brain, lungs, heart
or another area, causing severe damage or even death. Among the risks is
being immobilized—this includes sitting for long periods of time and
being stuck on a long plane ride.



So what if you’re an IT professional who works extra-long hours sitting
in front of a computer screen? What should you do to prevent e-
thrombosis? Move! That is, get up and walk around at least every hour.
This will help keep the blood circulating throughout your body.



Here’s to your health!



IDC: IT Security Market Will Hit $45 Billion by 2006



According to new research from IDC, the total IT security market,
including software, hardware and services, will increase to $45 billion
in revenues by 2006, up from $17 billion in 2001. Security hardware will
see the strongest growth, with a 25 percent compound annual growth rate
(CAGR) from 2001 to 2006. Services will follow closely at 24 percent,
and software will see a 16 percent CAGR.



Brian Burke, senior research analyst for IDC’s Security Products
service, attributes the growth to new corporate initiatives involving
identity management and Web services.



The study, “The Big Picture: IT Security Software, Hardware and Services
Forecast and Analysis, 2002-2006″ takes a look at worldwide markets for
information security software, hardware and services. The study includes
market sizings and five-year growth forecasts for the three major
security segments as well as
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