Sun Microsystems will begin offering a security software package to commercial customers that was originally developed for military and government intelligence use. It also plans to improve security features in the next version of Solaris.
The Trusted Solaris security system, can also run on the company’s Intel-based systems. It provides role-based access control at the root level. Access to a system root means having the ability to access all file directories in that root. Trusted Solaris divides up or limits root access by user and creates audit trails.
Although Trusted Solaris has been commercially available, the interest has largely been limited to some financial services companies. Sun intends to make a version that includes firewalls and other access controls. It will start at $999 (£643) for a standard desktop edition.
In Solaris 10, the next version of Sun's operating system, it will introduce a security process called "containers" to limit privacy and security around individual end users.
Jean Bozman, an analyst at IDC, said the security offering should broaden Sun’s government base and add commercial customers. In its offering, the company "is taking something that works and is making it more available", she said.
The Trusted Solaris announcement was part of list of hardware and software services offerings, part of Sun’s new approach in announcing its network computing initiatives on a quarterly basis.