15 steps to hardening Windows Server 2003

Jonathan Hassell, author of Hardening Windows, recently conducted a checklist-style webcast that outlined 15 steps you can take right now to harden Windows Server 2003 against various threats. Here's a look at Jonathan's 15 steps and some of the main points he discussed.

Step 1: Be rigid on passwords
Main points: Enforce stronger authentication by encouraging the use of passphrases and requiring a 15-character minimum.

Step 2: Use Windows XP software restriction policies through Group Policy
Main points: Use Group Policy to block all extensions related to scripts and disallow especially nefarious programs (cmd. exe, Regedit.exe). 15 steps to hardening Windows Server 2003

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 17th December 2005 6:39AM