Tool Measures W2K Security

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-11-26 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Administrators who want to measure how well their Windows 2000 servers are secured will find a free security scanner from the not-for-profit Center for Internet Security a real help.

Administrators who want to measure how well their Windows 2000 servers are secured will find a free security scanner from the not-for-profit Center for Internet Security a real help.

The Windows 2000 Level 1 Benchmark and Scoring Tool (at www.cisecurity.org/bench_ win2000.html) contains a security scanner (see screen), instructions on its use and detailed descriptions of how to fix any security problems it finds.

The tool scans the operating system in multiple ways: It checks for installed service packs and security hotfixes and inspects password and audit policies and other security settings.

Unfortunately, the tool runs only locally, and although it does scan for IIS patches, it doesnt scan for insecure IIS settings.

A Solaris Level 1 Benchmark and Scoring Tool was released in July and is also available at the Center for Internet Security Web site.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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