Accession Number : ADA193536

Title :   Evaluation of WATCHDOG Software.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Freeman, Timothy C

PDF Url : ADA193536

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The purpose of this document is to evaluate WATCHDOG, a software product designed to assist security managers in monitoring the use of smart terminals and personal computers that are used in networks. Personal Computers or smart terminals involved in network operations such as WWMCCS pose a threat to security of the entire system if not monitored very closely by the security manager. Authorized users as well as unauthorized individuals may access these smart terminals and PC's and inadvertently or maliciously cause damage to classified or sensitive data or files. WATCHDOG software provides the security manager with a very good tool with which to manage the devices that can be connected to a network. Evaluation of the Fischer Internations's WATCHDOG, version 4.1, revealed some interesting things concerning access control for personal computers and smart terminals. Identification of the product's specifications show a very complete and well designed security system. This paper will look at the specific risks involved with micro computers used in networking, the capabilities of the product, a laboratory evaluation of the product, and the applicability of the product for risk reduction and access control.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAM VERIFICATION, *DATA PROCESSING SECURITY, ACCESS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, CONTROL, LABORATORY TESTS, MICROCOMPUTERS, NETWORKS, SPECIFICATIONS, SUPERVISORS

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE