Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline beta now available for download


UPDATE (NEW) – 11/11/2010:

The Security Solution Accelerators team recently announced the release of the new Office 2010 Security Baseline that can be used with the Security Compliance Manager tool!

New users can access the Office 2010 Security Baseline by visiting the Microsoft Download Center to download the Security Compliance Manager tool.

Existing users can access the Office 2010 Security Baseline in the tool by clicking the Tools menu, and then clicking Check for Baselines.

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The Solution Accelerators team recently announced the beta release of the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline, the latest addition to the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program.

Join the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline Beta Review Program. This baseline is available for beta review.

Note: You need to have a Windows Live ID and register with Microsoft Connect before being able to join the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline Review Program, which is listed in the Microsoft Connect Product directory as Security Solution Accelerators for the product name. After you click “(apply)”, the Microsoft Connect page, “Participate in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program!”, will appear. From this page you can then download the beta baseline for Office 2010.

The best-practice guidance and security settings provided by this new beta release allow you to plan and deploy your baselines from Microsoft with ease and confidence. The security baseline for Microsoft® Office 2010 provides you with free Microsoft-recommended solutions to meet today’s security challenges. In combination with best-practice guidance and the Security Compliance Manager, the baseline is designed to help you plan, deploy, and monitor the security of Office 2010 applications. This beta release also includes a setting pack for Office 2010, enabling you to define baselines that include settings outside the scope of the security baselines from Microsoft.

The Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline is formatted to be imported for use in the Security Compliance Manager tool, which released in early 2010. This powerful tool provides guidance to work with other tools and features of Microsoft products to help you plan, deploy, and monitor your security baselines. The tool enables you to access and automate all of your organization’s baselines in one centralized location, balancing your needs for security and functionality.

To learn more about the Security Compliance Manager tool, visit the TechNet Library.

To download the tool, click here.

Comments (12)

  1. RossC says:

    Hi AL, can you confirm whether or not you have previously signed up to participate (registered) on connect.microsoft.com? Please visit the web site connect.microsoft.com/intro for information on how to register. I will update my blog post to include this information – about the need to first register on connect.microsoft.com. I'm sorry for the confusion and inconvenience of not having included this information initially.

  2. RossC says:

    Hi AL, please send me an e-mail to feedork@microsoft.com. Please add "Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline" to the Subject line. I will follow up to make sure you are able to obtain the security baseline.

  3. RossC says:

    Hi AL, thank-you for your feedback. I agree with your suggestion to make it more discoverable on the Connect site. I've already submitted this feedback to the Solution Accelerator team.

  4. RossC says:

    Hi AL, yes, the download link is active and working. I just recently tested it (logged on using my Windows Live ID) and was able to download the baseline. Are you still experiencing the problem? Are others out there having access problems?

  5. RossC says:

    I added the following note to the blog post for clarification:

    Note: You need to have a Windows Live ID and register with Microsoft Connect before being able to join the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline Review Program, which is listed in the Microsoft Connect Product directory as Security Solution Accelerators for the product name. After you click "(apply)", the Microsoft Connect page, "Participate in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program!", will appear. From this page you can then download the beta baseline for Office 2010.

  6. RossC says:

    Hi Alexander, and any others (after first having followed the instructions within this post) who are still unable to access and download the files, you can then send an e-mail to feedork@microsoft.com – making sure you add "Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline" to the subject line. We will then follow up to make sure you are able to obtain the security baseline.

  7. alistg says:

    Hi

    I went to the connect site as advised.

    I can see a note which says:

    "To download the beta baseline for Office 2010, click here"

    When I click on that link I get

    "Page Not Found

    The content that you requested cannot be found or you do not have permission to view it.

    If you believe you have reached this page in error, click the Help link at the top of the page to report the issue and include this ID in your e-mail <deleted>"

    But – it's not clear WHO I should send that email to ?!

    Is that download link actualyl working yet?

    – AL

  8. alistg says:

    Hi

    Yes am already signed up have a status of "enrolled" etc etc

    Tried all those options before I posted yesterday but still no luck.

    Have mailed the Connect site now to see if they can help

    – AL

    BTW – I think you should make this more easily "discoverable" in the connect site.

    i.e. if I search on "Office" within the connect product directory it dosnt' show up at all.

    IMHO it would be much more "logical" to be able to locate this by searching on "office" than by looking for the generic "Solution Security Accelerators" (Office only appears once you've clicked below this)

  9. alistg says:

    Hi

    I've mailed the connect team and am getting no-where on this one. Here's what the connect guys told me:

    "Our records indicate that you are an enrolled user on connection: Security Solution Accelerators.  

    You do belong to various security group on this connection. However, you are not authorized to access the content item (Security Compliance Manager Baselines Beta Review Program).

    The security groups to which you belong does not have access on this item.

    The product team is the best suited to provide the access on various connect artifacts (content, downloads, feedback etc.). I’ll forward your request to the product team for the same"

    That was several days ago !

    (IMHO It should be possible to get access directly via conenct without this sort of "messing around".)

    Rather unhelpfully the connect guys didnt pass on any email I could use to contact "the product team" so I'm kindof left in limbo on this.

    I tried to send a mail to orkblog but that got "bounced" so I dont have any option but to hassle you by posting here.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

    – AL

  10. santo lee says:

    ok…thyanks…

  11. Alexander Martsch says:

    Me and some of my customers experience the situation as AL describes it in his post.

    Alexander

  12. DANILO MIKEIAS says:

    MUITO BOM ESSE PROGRAMA "That application is very good"