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Ubuntu introduces the Ubuntu Security Guide to ease DISA-STIG compliance

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the world’s most popular operating system across private and public clouds, now offers the Ubuntu Security Guide tooling for compliance with the DISA Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The new automated tooling builds on Canonical’s track record of designing Ubuntu for high security and regulated workloads, powering U.S. government agencies, prime contractors, and service providers. The Ubuntu Security Guide enables agencies and organisations to comply with the most stringent security requirements by automation and at scale.

“With the Ubuntu Security Guide, we extend the Ubuntu experience to ease compliance with DISA security requirements. It is now very easy for DevOps teams and administrators to follow these requirements,” says Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, Product Manager for security.

DISA-STIG is a U.S. Department of Defense security configuration standard consisting of configuration guidelines for hardening systems to improve a system’s security posture. It can be seen as a checklist for securing protocols, services, or servers to improve the overall security by reducing the attack surface. The Ubuntu Security Guide (USG) brings simplicity by integrating the experience of several teams working on compliance. It enables the audit, fixing, and customisation of a system while enabling a system-wide configuration for compliance, making management by diverse people in a DevOps team significantly easier.

The DISA-STIG automated configuration tooling for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is available with Ubuntu Advantage subscriptions and Ubuntu Pro, alongside additional open source security and support services.

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About Canonical

Canonical is behind Ubuntu, the leading OS for container, cloud, and hyperscale computing. Most public cloud workloads use Ubuntu, as do most new smart gateways, switches, self-driving cars, and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise security, support, and services to commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.