Category: Security

The hidden benefit of hacking your own Active Directory?

This summary stems from a brief conversation within a peer circle. A parallax perspective on the issue of passwords.  Most IT organisations have an IT Security policy, which defines the required password parameters for an organisation.  […]

Best Practices for Securing Active Directory

  Microsoft have released a new document which contains best practice recommendations to assist organisations in enhancing the security of their Active Directory installations. Microsoft state that “In implementing these recommendations, organisations will be able […]

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 […]

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate–now available.

Microsoft have today delivered the first release candidate (RC) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Service Pack 1 is slated for release in early 2011 but there is no confirmed date.  The Service […]

Microsoft Office 2010 Group Policy

Microsoft have released a guide for configuring and applying Group Policy in Microsoft Office 2010. The guide states that " it provides a guide is the IT administrator who plans to use Group Policy to […]

Network port requirements for Active Directory and Windows Server.

In the companies that I work with, Active Directory and Firewalls are often said in the same sentence, this KB article discusses the essential network ports; protocols and services that are used by Windows client […]

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 […]