December 2005 Updated Security Guides

We’ve updated a couple of security solutions and they went live 12.27.05:The Threats and Countermeasures Guide v2.0 http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=15159 The updated Threats and Countermeasures guide provides you with a reference to all security settings that provide countermeasures for specific threats against current versions of the Microsoft Windows operating systems.The Windows Server 2003 Security Guide v2.0http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=14845 The…

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Creation and lifecycle management of email and security distribution groups

MSSC is looking into the possibility of a solution/tool to help with creation and lifecycle management of email and security distribution groups Creating and managing groups within an organization requires unnecessary administrative overhead. Administrators use valuable time creating groups that could otherwise be used for other IT activities. End-user productivity may be hampered by delays…

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Security Poll: The "I need to" List

I’ve been running an informal poll since October 2005 targeted to IT pros and IT “generalists” asking them what their security “priorities” were. The reason I asked is because it helps my team focus on what security guidance content we build. Here’s the results so far and please feel free to comment. Updated 2.20.06 with…

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TechNet Learning Paths v1.00

The folk over in Microsoft IT Pro marketing have put together the TechNet Learning Paths site. The site is a rev1.00 to help folk find a range of Microsoft training references and resources on security threats and appropriate countermeasures. The info is organized by level (from basic to expert) and provides information on the planning, prevention, detection,…

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PWC research on global state of information security

This is a month or so old, but good reading. PWC research on global state of information security. Net: High-level: Strategic priorities for the next year: 10 most common answers. Disaster recovery/business continuityEmployee awareness programs Data backupOverall information security strategyNetwork firewallsCentralized security information management systemPeriodic security audits Monitoring employeesMonitoring security reports (log files, vulnerability reports…

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Version 2.1 of the Windows XP Security Guide now available

The Windows XP Security Guide. is the first of three closely related security guides that are being updated. The other two guides are the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide and Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. Solution Content This version of the Windows XP Security Guide was updated to…

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IdM v1.3 automatically provision identities into multiple directories

The v1.3 update to the Microsoft Identity and Access Management Series now includes the new Provisioning and Workflow paper in this widely distributed series. Large organizations today often have complex and poorly designed processes for provisioning user identities across multiple systems. For example, in some organizations, it can take up to two weeks before new…

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September 2005 Rootkits Webcast

This technical webcast helps you know your enemy. We focus on the latest methods used by rootkit developers to hide their tools on computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems. The session demonstrates how rootkits work, why they penetrate defenses, and what, if anything can be done to stop them. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279999&Culture=en-US

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September 2005 Identity Management Web cast

This session focuses on the most recent prescriptive guidance in the Microsoft Identity and Access Management Solution Series (I&AM Solution Series) for Password Management, Self-service Provisioning GUI, and the Administrative Group Management tool. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279715&Culture=en-US  

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All-up view of Security Solutions

Thought y’all might want to know that instead of having to search TechNet looking for the security solutions that my team, MSSC has published, we created one page with an all-up view. It’s at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/sectip/st0805.mspx. Enjoy and, as always ping us with comments and ideas. We’d love to collaborate with you on ideas for new…

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