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Windows XP Security reading

Thursday, August 26, 2004 Comments

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Looking for some fun reading today?

Brian Johnson has posted a link to the latest Windows XP Security Guide documents and tools from Microsoft:

The Windows XP Security Guide has been updated with new information about Windows XP Service Pack 2. The overview page provides a content roadmap and a link to the complete paper on the download center.

Windows XP Security Guide
The Windows XP Security Guide provides recommendations for deploying Windows XP in three distinct environments. The first and most common of these is an enterprise environment that consists of Windows XP running in a Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Serverâ„¢ 2003 domain. The second consists of Windows XP in a high security environment in which security risk mitigation can be implemented at the highest possible level. Finally, guidance is offered for deploying Windows XP in a stand-alone or unmanaged environment. Information is also provided about the numerous new security options that are available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

And, Don Kiely has also posted a link to NIST's Windows XP Security guide (in draft form at the moment):

The Information Technology Lab of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a new draft of a very comprehensive document about securing Windows XP,  Draft Guidance for Securing Microsoft Windows XP Systems for IT Professionals document and security templates, version R1.0.2, 147 pages of intense information for IT folks. Unlike the link I posted to the instructions from the SANS Institute, don't give this one to your family and friends.

I have started looking at both sets of documents -- great stuff here!

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