Answering the Boss’s Question–“Can You Prove to Me That Critical Security Setting is on Every Machine?”
With RSA Conference going on this week here in San Francisco, I thought it was timely to talk about Group Policy’s role in securing your Windows environment. Many of you are undoubtedly using Group Policy to deliver security settings, based on industry-standard benchmarks from organizations like CIS or government standards like DISA-STIG. And through that process, how … Read More.
Hi everyone! I hope you are well and you all had a great summer. I have to admit I’m torn, not quite enough Summer for me (or my kids) but I’m extremely excited to get back into a rhythm and get cranking on some great work this year. We have an amazing year planned at … Read More.
I was trolling around GP Editor in Windows 8 and found a set of Administrative Template settings that I had not seen before. Interestingly, those setting did indeed exist in Windows 7 (and probably Vista) so it was just me missing them. Prior to those OS releases, if you want to configure Windows Event Logs … Read More.
A recent thread on Mark Minasi’s forum site reminded me of a topic that comes up every once in a while–namely, how do you cleanly remove Group Policy settings from a machine that has been removed from an AD domain. The answer is to avoid the problem in the first place :). The challenge here is … Read More.
Some of you may have seen a twitter post I did a while back letting folks know about the Security Compliance Manager, which is a tool from Microsoft that lets you manage, edit, report, search and export security templates and baselines. This tool is pretty cool, but it also has a hidden gem in it. … Read More.
For those of you who missed the webinar I did yesterday on "Securing Desktops with Group Policy", you can register to view the on-demand version here. If you did attend, thanks for listening! We had a good crowd and lots of good questions!
Under the category of "you learn something new every day" I was playing around with some stuff yesterday and finally got a chance to confirm something that someone had posted on the ActiveDir mailing list. We all know about how some policies tattoo the registry. Security policies are typically one of those areas where, if you … Read More.
This topic came up on a newsgroup the other day, prompting me to look around a bit. Basically, MS added support for the newer WPA2 encryption protocol for wireless networks in XP, SP2. This KB article describes the Wireless Client update that you can apply to your XP systems to get them to process those WPA2 policies. But … Read More.