Tag Archives: Compliance

Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

  If you are looking to understand what the security policies in Windows 7 and 2008 R2 mean and how they can impact your environment, then this guide is a must read. Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 The document is covers the following categories in some […]

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Slipping in under the Office 2010 Radar – System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010 – RTM

Slipping in under the Office 2010 RTM radar,  Microsoft Released To Manufacturing (RTM’d) yesterday (19/4/10) Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 and System Centre Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010. Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE 2010) provides IT professionals in mid-sized organizations with a unified physical and virtual management experience. It enables […]

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Security Compliance Manager (Guidance on how to harden your Windows environments).

The Security Compliance Manager is a free Solution Accelerator from Microsoft which has been designed to enable organisations  to take advantage of the experience of Microsoft security professionals and reduce the time and cost required to harden Windows infrastructure. The Security Compliance Manager provides access to the complete database of Microsoft recommended security settings; using this information […]

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Windows XP SP2 – The end is nigh.

This year there are a few versions of  Windows which will go out of support. If you continue to use these version  of Windows beware;  it is effectively be the same as driving a Ford Capri around town; it works, everyone of a certain age knows what it is, but good luck if it goes wrong. Windows 2000 Professional […]

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Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (BETA)

This week see’s the beta of  “Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM)” released, the tool will enable you to view, update, and export security baselines for the following Microsoft products. Internet Explorer 8 Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Windows 7 Windows Server 2003 SP2 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Windows Vista SP2 Windows XP SP3 I have not had a chance […]

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PCI-DSS – It’s not rocket science.

PCI-DSS – It’s not rocket science.   For nearly two years, I worked on a PCI-DSS project for one of the worlds most recognisable brands. What is PCI-DSS? PCI-DSS is a mandatory compliance standard for all companies, who process, store or transmit payment card information. There is a sliding scale of compliance and reporting of […]

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