Waveset Does Quick Scans

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-02-25 Print this article Print

Risk Assessment Utility is a teaser for Waveset's commercial products, but it's useful on its own.

While researching Waveset Technologies Waveset Lighthouse user directory management system (a finalist in this years eWeek eXcellence Awards), I found the companys free Windows directory Risk Assessment Utility.

Risk Assessment Utility is a teaser for Wavesets commercial products, but its useful on its own. It examines Windows 2000 or NT domain databases (we tried it with Windows 2000 Server) to find inactive, disabled or locked accounts or those with passwords that havent been changed recently.

Windows security policy settings can be configured to enforce regular password changes, but reports such as this are very useful to quickly find ancient, forgotten accounts or accounts from former employees that havent been removed—prime targets for crackers or vengeful ex-staffers.

Wavesets Risk Assessment Utility can be downloaded from www.waveset.com/solutions/scanners after filling in a demographic information form.

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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