Keep Score of System Security
The consensus baseline security settings for Windows 2000 make it possible for IT administrators to configure Windows 2000 workstations with a high level of security.The consensus baseline security settings for Windows 2000 make it possible for IT administrators to configure Windows 2000 workstations with a high level of security, although without the use of central group policies (such as those in Active Directory), this process could prove to be very time-consuming. The security settings were announced last week by the Center for Internet Security; the SANS Institute; and several government agencies including the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Like many other security benchmarks available at www.cisecurity.org, the Consensus Baseline Security Settings provide detailed steps that administrators can take to make systems more secure. Some of the recommendations go without sayingor at least have been said many times beforebut their breadth and depth provide a solid guideline for IT administrators.
Also included is a reporting tool that lets administrators quickly gauge systems compliance with these guidelines. Using the Security Scoring Tool along with the recommendations, eWeek Labs was able to efficiently boost the security settings of several Windows 2000 Professional workstations.