Update: Anti virus software for Solaris? What are they thinking?

You may have read my earlier blog discussing the requirement for Anti-virus scanning software on Solaris in the US DoD.   The Field Security Office of DISA maintains Security Checklists to help their system admins secure a system before attaching to a DoD network. 

The good news is that this requirement was lowered from a Category I finding (highest) to a Category II finding (out of a possible IV).  Although Sun would prefer an even lower rating, we are happy to see this change.

The bad news is that the checklist requires, "An approved DOD virus scan program" with no definition of which products are approved.  Many of the most popular products do not yet support Solaris on X64 platforms.  I've updated my earlier blog with products that I've been able to identify so far.  Some of these products support Solaris 10 on both the Sparc and X86 platforms.

At this point I'm trying to find out what the "approved DoD products" are from DISA FSO. 

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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