Security Settings in Windows 7

A must-have guide published by Microsoft provides a reference to security settings that provide countermeasures for specific threats against current versions of the Windows operating systems. The guide which is available in both word and pdf formats is called, Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Generally, as security increases, functionality decreases, and vice versa. However, there are exceptions, and some security countermeasures actually help improve functionality.

Each section of the guide begins with a brief explanation of what is in the section, followed by a list of subsection headings, each of which corresponds to a setting or group of settings. Each subsection includes a brief explanation of what the countermeasure does and the following subsections:

  • Vulnerability - Explains how an attacker might exploit a feature or its configuration.
  • Countermeasure - Explains how to implement the countermeasure.
  • Potential impact - Explains the possible negative consequences of countermeasure implementation.

Download the guide from here – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26137

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