SkyView Partners Goes AIX with Policy Minder
June 28, 2011 Alex Woodie
SkyView Partners recently announced the availability of a new security administration tool for IBM AIX environments. SkyView Policy Minder for AIX, which is slated to become available this summer, is the company’s first non IBM-i product.
SkyView launched Policy Minder in 2005 with the goal of helping IBM i shops automate the process of monitoring compliance with security policies. The software ensures that, once a server environment has been correctly configured to be in compliance with a given security policy and regulations such as SOX, PCI, or HIPAA, that it will stay in compliance over time, even as the organization adds, modifies, or deletes users, groups, libraries, data, and objects. Without a power tool like Policy Minder, keeping one server–let alone multiple servers–in compliance with security policies and regulations can involve a lot of manual work.
The new AIX version of the software will work similarly to the IBM i version. Both versions feature the “fix it” button to automate the process of bringing items back into compliance. Both feature a Web-based GUI for easing monitoring and management tasks.
But owing to the differences in operating systems, there will be obvious differences between the AIX and IBM i versions of Policy Minder. For example, the AIX version looks at several Unix user security attributes, such as SUID (set user ID), SGID (set group ID), and SVTX (save text), which don’t exist in IBM i.
There are many other differences between AIX and IBM i security and how they relate to compliance, which SkyView co-founder and president Carol Woodbury discussed in a recent “Coffee with Carol” event. A PDF of the slides of this March 2011 event can be accessed here.
In other SkyView news, John Vanderwall, the company’s co-founder, chairman, and CEO, recently announced his departure to Uganda on a humanitarian mission. In addition to meeting with entrepreneurs, Vanderwall says he will be visiting orphanages, schools, and medical centers, located everywhere from remote jungle villages to the capital of Kampala.