Microsoft Releases Free Security Guidance for Small Businesses

Small Business Security Guidance  These papers can help secure Windows-based computers in various small business environments. Information is included about how to automatically check for updates, configuring Windows Firewall, protecting laptop and portable computers, and securing Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0.
Protecting Clients from Network Attacks provides guidance to help prevent attacks by worms and viruses on information stored on Windows XP-based computers. This prescriptive guide discusses security features that can help you achieve the following:
  • Manage service packs and security hotfixes
  • Avoid viruses and worms
  • Control adware and spyware with Windows Defender
  • Manage a personal firewall
  • Verify security with Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
Securing Remote Clients and Portable Computers  Learn how to protect mobile and remote computers running the Windows XP Professional. This prescriptive guidance outlines the security features a small business can use to reduce the risks faced by their mobile and remote computer users. It also includes pointers to related documents that provide detailed instructions to help secure small business computers.
How to Configure Windows Firewall in a Small Business Environment Using Group Policy  Learn how to configure Windows Firewall on computers running Windows XP Professional SP2 in a small business environment. The environment might include domain controllers running Windows Small Business Server 2003, Windows Server 2000, or Windows Server 2003.
Securing Windows XP Professional in a Peer-to-Peer Networking Environment  Learn how to implement security measures to help lock down desktop and portable computers. This prescriptive guide assists the user in a small business environment where peer-to-peer networking is used. These recommendations help ensure that computers running Windows XP Professional SP2 are more secure, while ensuring that users can continue to be efficient and productive on their computers.
Securing Internet Information Services 6.0  Gain valuable insight on how to begin the process of securing a Web server that is running Internet Information Services 6.0 on the Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition. Section one describes some of the most common threats that affect Web server security. In the following sections, the document provides prescriptive guidance to help make your Web server more secure against such attacks.
How to Configure Windows XP SP2 Network Protection Technologies in a Small Business Environment Obtain valuable information about the central management of Windows XP SP2 workstations. Learn how to use the Active Directory directory service to apply Group Policy objects on workstations to manage security settings.

About blakehandler

BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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