NSA gives security guidance for Mac OS X

The National Security Agency has posted a 109-page document on its Web site telling agencies how to securely install and use Apple Computer Inc.’s Mac OS X Version 10.3.x operating system, code-named Panther.

NSA notes that the document is a security guide and “not meant to replace well-structured policy or sound judgment.” It warns administrators to test only in a non-production environment as similar as possible to the architecture where the OS will be deployed.

In addition to the guidance for secure installation and partitioning of locally administered, networked Mac OS X systems, NSA provides details on system settings, user accounts, Mac OS X Keychain Access and file encryption.



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