The listserve I’m on from the Center for Internet Security has this posting yesterday and I forgot to stick it up here.  NIST has some good guidance.  Not SBSized but still food for thought nonetheless…… 

NIST has completed the draft NIST Special Publication 800-68, Guidance for
Securing Microsoft Windows XP Systems for IT Professionals: A NIST Security
Configuration Checklist. NIST Special Publication 800-68 has been created to
assist IT professionals, in particularly Windows XP system administrators and
information security personnel, in effectively securing Windows XP systems. It
discusses Windows XP and various application security settings in technical
detail. The guide provides insight into the threats and security controls that
are relevant for various operational environments, such as for a large
enterprise or a home office. It describes the need to document, implement, and
test security controls, as well as to monitor and maintain systems on an ongoing
basis. It presents an overview of the security components offered by Windows XP
and provides guidance on installing, backing up, and patching Windows XP
systems. It discusses security policy configuration, provides an overview of the
settings in the accompanying NIST security templates, and discusses how to apply
additional security settings that are not included in the NIST security
templates. It demonstrates securing popular office productivity applications,
Web browsers, e-mail clients, personal firewalls, antivirus software, and
spyware detection and removal utilities on Windows XP systems to provide
protection against viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other types of malicious
code. NIST requests comments by August 3, 2004. Comments should be addressed
to itsec@nist.gov.

<http://csrc.nist.gov/itsec/guidance_WinXP.html>

 

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