Jason Mock wrote: > Philip, > > Thank you again for your timely response. On the security question, what we > are looking for is the built in security within the system. Does debian have > a built in firewall, Antivirus, or any other security features that help > create a secure work environment? Of course. Here's an intro: http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/securing-debian-howto/ For examples of relevant packages, one can do a few searches: http://packages.debian.org/cgi-bin/search_packages.pl?searchon=all&keywords=virus http://packages.debian.org/cgi-bin/search_packages.pl?searchon=all&keywords=firewall http://packages.debian.org/cgi-bin/search_packages.pl?searchon=all&keywords=selinux I'm sure you can come up with a few of your own -- have a play here: http://packages.debian.org/ Debian's current stable release contains a little over 15,000 packages, which means we include pretty much every mildly useful Free Software package in existence, including the security related ones. Debian generally takes the approach that if you don't want a service, the software that provides that service is not even installed on your system. Since installing and removing packages is trivially easy, that's the fastest way of turning services on and off -- it's difficult to exploit a program that is not there. The problems you're likely to face are mostly going to be things like deciding which of the many available virus scanning frameworks is the one that suits you best. (I'd go for MailScanner & clamav on that particular question, but tastes differ) I suggest you have a look around the various documents available on the web site, and perhaps try putting any further questions you might have into google -- the howto above, for example, is the first hit on google for a search on "securing debian" (it's also in some way related to most of the next 100 hits and beyond -- Debian material is widely available on the net) Cheers, Phil.
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