IBM Power Systems™ servers and AIX® 6.1, IBM's latest version of a UNIX® operating system (OS), deliver dependable hardware and software security features. Effective system and network security policies depend not just on hardware components you can rely on, but also operating system technologies that serve as building blocks for the applications that control users' access.

With the advanced authentication, accountability, administration and encryption capabilities of the Power Systems platform and the AIX OS, you can set system-wide security policies that meet the needs of your organization along with controls that are configurable on a user-by-user basis.

AIX 6.1 includes new support for security including Role Based Access Control, Multi-level security, enhancements to the AIX Security Expert and many other features designed to improve the security of your AIX systems.

Managing AIX security

From access control lists to auditing subsystems, Power Systems and AIX tools can help you manage your security facilities, whether you are protecting a single processor or a cross-platform network. Explore technical content that explains how.

System security
Manage various users and groups and implement access and privilege controls against operating system resources.

Network security
Verify the identities of principals on physically insecure networks.

System management
Effectively and securely administer your IT environment, including network infrastructure, servers, clients and pervasive devices.

IBM Security Host Protection
Multi-layered prevention technology in IBM Security Host Protection guards against threats from internal and external attacks.

Applications and tools
Use the security features of Power Systems servers to establish operating procedures that address security requirements and exposures.

Access control
Ensure that access to protected information resources is properly granted.

Encryption
Use cryptographic hardware solutions to enhance data-transmission protection and to secure highly sensitive cryptographic keys.

Related documentation
See additional materials covering security management for Power Systems servers and the AIX OS.

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