(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2004/0111643 Al
Farmer (43) Pub. Date: Jun. 10,2004
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN ENTERPRISE-BASED COMPUTER SECURITY POLICY
(76) Inventor: Daniel G. Farmer, San Francisco, CA (US)
MOSER, PATTERSON & SHERIDAN, LLP
595 Shrewsbury Avenue Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4185 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/726,466
(22) Filed: Dec. 2, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/430,170, filed on Dec. 2, 2002.
(51) Int. CI.7 11041. 9/00
(52) U.S. CI 713/201; 713/166
A system and method for providing an enterprise-based security policy are described. In one embodiment, the system includes a central agent that is configured to retrieve a policy skin from a database and to transmit the policy skin to a host. The system further includes a data gathering engine that is configured to collect host data related to the host. In addition, the system includes a policy engine that is configured to execute the policy skin against the host data to determine security policy compliance.