Repost: Data, Data Everywhere. Not a Control to Waste!

Had to repost this awesome write-up from our fearless leader Chase: Rock on. -jeff

Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2.5 now available

You’ve been asking for Exchange Server baselines. You’ve been waiting for the Windows 7 SP1 baseline update. They are all available now in SCM v2.5! SCM 2.5 includes a number of new and updated baselines, empowering you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and reduce security threats in your organization’s IT environment, traditional data…

SCM v2 Beta: LocalGPO Rocks!

This is a guest blog post by Alan Burchill who is an IT Consultant for over 10 years and a Group Policy MVP. He is also the author of the Group Policy Center web site and you can also follow him on twitter at @alanburchill. Along with the recent release of the Security Compliance Manager…


SCM v2 Beta: What happened to the EC + SSLF?

I can feel this becoming a FAQ, so I wanted to blog on this early in the Beta. 🙂 I forgot to mention in my Beta announcement anything about the new ‘severity’ you see on settings, whoops. The text below is a copy and paste from the IE9 Security Guide which hopefully clarifies our reasoning….


SCM v2 (BETA) + New Baselines Available to Download

[UPDATE: September 6th, 2011] The Beta review period for SCM2 ended August 31st, 2011 (and the download is no longer available).  We’ve been working on stabilizing the build and meeting release requirements.  Look for the RTW of SCM2 on September 15th, 2011. Hello world! I know a lot of you have been waiting for us to…


HIPAA or PCI or FISMA Baseline? (FAQ)

A teammate of mine posted a FAQ this week about the GRC space and how it intersects with Microsoft Baselines. Check it out!   -jeff PS – for those of you wanting the SCM v2 Beta, I’ve got great news. Just a little bit longer and we will have something for you. Hang in there,…

SCM v2 (CTP) Available to Download

UPDATE: The SCM v2 CTP has been removed from MS Connect, please download the SCM v2 Beta. Thanks for the patience! -jeff [Jun 27th, 2011]   Hello everyone! You’ve all been very patient with the SCM team and I wanted to thank you for that. I’ve received (literally) hundreds of emails in the last month…


Wow, great SCM demo video on TechNet Edge

Hello SCM people! Yes, I’m way behind on email. Sorry if I owe you a reply! We are DAYS away from releasing the SCM v2 CTP featuring GPO Import. Let me wrap this baby up and you will see it shortly on MS Connect. Thanks for the patience! Check out this awesome SCM video. It’s…

Happy Holidays from the SCM team!

I’ve been heads-down with the SCM Engineering Team the last couple of weeks planning the next release of Security Compliance Manager (SCM), version 2.0. I’m pretty excited about this release – it is going to take the application / solution to the next level. As I’ve mentioned previously, the focus of the release is simplicity….


Updated version of SCM now available (SCM v1.1.3)

Hello from the SCM Engineering team here in Redmond/Seattle!! We’ve got another update to Security Compliance Manager (SCM), this time it is version 1.1.3. J There is only one minor change in this updated version: SCM Import: fixed ability to import baselines which contain .ZIP file attachments (SQL / Exchange baselines) If you already have…