Any given computer is likely to be connected to some other computer, whether by Local Area Network (LAN), the Internet, cross-network connections, coupling facility, or simply wirelessly. Most security administrators learned security on one platform. As computers become more interconnected, they’re often charged with administering security for other types of platforms across various network types. Providing effective security across these connections is a challenge.

This and follow-up articles will examine common problems and approaches to cross-platform security, offer some basic underlying principles, and provide recommendations to make this security easy and effective. We cover a…

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