Data and computer security is one of the major concerns of every business executive today. Every day, articles describe some aspect or impact of computer security, from data privacy to the business fallout from consumer data being lost in transit from company to repository, from cyberhacking to “zero days.” Most security analysis focuses on the products which are added to an insecure architecture to improve on its security, rather than starting with a secure architecture and building up. Choosing a platform and an architecture that has been designed from the ground up to be secure is more important than ever. The ClearPath platform lines, both those based on the MCP operating system and its sister platforms based on the OS 2200 operating system, offer a secure operating environment for mission-critical environments.
This paper describes the ClearPath MCP architecture and operating environment and how it has been designed from the beginning to be secure and how that security has been engrained. ClearPath MCP systems also have the safeguards to protect the mission critical data that numerous clients have placed on these platforms. These systems contain detailed auditing mechanisms, robust authentication options, authorization controls, system and user policy management, run time memory access controls, and easy configurability as well as other key features.
This paper details feature content which has been released up to and including the MCP 17.0 release and shows how the system software functionality has enhanced the underlying secure system architecture.