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  • Blog Post: Why We’re Not Recommending “FIPS Mode” Anymore

    In the latest review of the official Microsoft security baselines for all versions of Windows client and Windows Server, we decided to remove our earlier recommendation to enable “FIPS mode”, or more precisely, the security option called “System Cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms...
  • Blog Post: SCM v2 (BETA) + New Baselines Available to Download

    [ UPDATE: September 6th, 2011 ] The Beta review period for SCM2 ended August 31st, 2011 (and the download is no longer available). We've been working on stabilizing the build and meeting release requirements. Look for the RTW of SCM2 on September 15th, 2011. Hello world! I know a lot of you have...
  • Blog Post: New IT Governance and Compliance Solution Accelerator - Beta available for download Now!

    The Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team has a new IT governance, risk, and compliance (IT GRC) Solution Acclerator beta release you should check out. It’s called the the Data Classification Toolkit (DCT) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and it helps organizations consistently identify, classify, and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Compliance Management

    The Solution Accelerators - Security and Compliance team has released a beta version of its first set of guides in the Compliance Management Series. This effort expands on the work done in the Regulatory Compliance Planning Guide published in 2006. Here is a bit of detail on the new Solution Accelerator...
  • Blog Post: Compliance Best Practices

    In the Solution Accelerators – Security and Compliance (SA-SC) team our intention is to provide customers with the ability to easily adopt Microsoft technologies to create solutions. The idea might sound like a marketing ploy, but the truth is that we DO work hard to make Act Faster, Go Further a meaningful...
  • Blog Post: There's still time to participate in the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 8 Beta review!

    The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 8 Beta (DCT) review period will soon close, but there is still time to participate. Thanks to all of you who have already downloaded the beta release and provided us with your feedback. Your input helps us to improve the quality of the final DCT release...
  • Blog Post: The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 is now available!

    Get the most out of Windows Server 2012 with new features that help you to quickly identify, classify, and protect data in your private cloud! This toolkit is designed to help you to: Identify, classify, and protect data on file servers in your private cloud Quickly identify LBI data that...
  • Blog Post: Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 - Now Available

    Identify, classify, and protect data across targeted file servers in your organization The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce that the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available for download. Download the toolkit The Data Classification Toolkit for...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Security Baselines for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8!

    Download the newly updated Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series! We are very pleased to announce the release of new security baselines for Windows® 7 and Windows® Internet Explorer® 8. These new baselines are now included with the Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series...
  • Blog Post: Quickly Identify, Classify and Protect your Data on Windows "8" Servers!

    Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server "8" Beta! A successful data classification program requires careful planning in these critical areas: Identification of applicable IT GRC authority documents. Documentation of controls to satisfy authority document requirements...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager 3.0 now available for download!

    Secure your environment with SCM 3.0! The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft ® System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Drift

    In my last blog I introduced a new Solution Accelerator called the Security Compliance Management toolkit. Today I'd like to help you learn more about this new Accelerator, but in a somewhat indirect way—by discussing a problem space known as configuration drift. Probably the simplest way to understand...
  • Blog Post: How to Use AccessChk.exe for Security Compliance Management

    In this article we invite Michael Tan, one of our senior program mangers, to introduce a new feature in the recently updated Sysinternals tool called AccessChk. His two part article looks at how the new AccessChk feature works and the benefits of using this Sysinternals tool. The second part takes a...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Management Released!

    If you have not heard yet, Solution Accelerators has released a great new toolkit!. Microsoft has created the Security Compliance Management toolkit. The toolkit provides best practices from Microsoft about how to plan, deploy, and monitor a security baseline. In addition, the toolkit provides...
  • Blog Post: New beta setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8

    The Solution Accelerators team is happy to announce the most recent additions to the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program: new setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Join the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program. Members, bookmark this link...
  • Blog Post: IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide

    The IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide is now available. Organizations today face an increasing number of threats to their computing environments. You need a proactive approach to assist you in your efforts to protect your organization's assets and sensitive information. This guide provides an...
  • Blog Post: IT Compliance Management guide

    I wanted to take an opertunity to introduce the latest Solution Acclerator. If your intrested in Compliance you should take a look at this guidance. Download it NOW! Shift efforts of Governance Risk and Compliance to technology, using the IT Compliance Management guide! You already own Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2.5 now available

    You’ve been asking for Exchange Server baselines. You’ve been waiting for the Windows 7 SP1 baseline update. They are all available now in SCM v2.5! SCM 2.5 includes a number of new and updated baselines, empowering you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and...
  • Blog Post: The future of security baseline management has arrived: Download the Security Compliance Manager!

    The Security Compliance Manager is now available for download! Windows 7 security just got easier. The tool includes support for this and other Microsoft operating systems and applications. Many thanks to those of you who participated in the beta review program, and thanks to those who helped us spread...
  • Blog Post: Security in Compliance

    Our sister team, would like to invite you to a set of live meetings focused on IT compliance such as PCI. If you or your manager struggles with the complexities of compliance take the time to listen in on a Live meeting. ----- ‘Reduce the cost and effort of configuring and validating Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: HIPAA or PCI or FISMA Baseline? (FAQ)

    A teammate of mine posted a FAQ this week about the GRC space and how it intersects with Microsoft Baselines. Check it out! http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/grc-baselines-made-easy.aspx -jeff PS - for those of you wanting the SCM v2 Beta, I've got great news. Just...