Industry Buzz: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 now available

The newest version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform is now available, and it gets to the heart of what’s top of mind for many enterprise executives, especially those that oversee IT in highly regulated industries such as financial services and healthcare. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 offers new capabilities to bolster system security, and the news is getting a lot of attention. Here’s a sampling of what the media and others are saying.

For the record, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 helps address enterprise concerns surrounding data leakage by allowing read-only mounting of removable media. Data leakage is caused by employees copying corporate data onto a USB storage drive. It also includes the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Workbench, which lets customers measure the compliance of their Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems against their own company-specific security guidelines and criteria. There are also tools to help IT proactively identify and resolve business-critical IT issues, such as security vulnerabilities. (In addition, the new version includes features that let IT teams take advantage of open source technologies such as Linux containers (read more in the Red Hat press release).

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 is covered in this IT World article by Swapnil Bhartiya. He writes that although many “continue to lose billions of dollars in damages due to security holes in Microsoft Windows (the latest victim was the infamous Hacker Team), Linux remains a secure choice for these customers.”

In this ZDNet article, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes that “If you’re not ready to jump to RHEL 7.x, the new RHEL 6.7 is for you. It comes with new system security capabilities and trouble-shooting tools.”

For a deeper dive into Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and its new features, read this Tom’s IT PRO article by Brian Nelson. He provides some insight into Red Hat Access Insights, the new hosted service as part of the platform upgrade that helps identify and resolve technical issues in Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments.

Finally, this ServerWatch article by Sean Michael Kerner includes an interview with Steve Almy, product manager, Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat. Check it out! And let us know what you think about the new features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 in the comments section below.

  1. Helping to eliminate data leakage via read-only mounting of removable data is good news! We all know how users can inadvertently (and, sadly, in some cases maliciously) compromise enterprise security! As the 2015 Verizon Data Breach Incident Report notes: “The common denominator across the top four [incident] patterns—accounting for nearly 90% of all incidents—is people. Whether it’s goofing up, getting infected, behaving badly, or
    losing stuff.”


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