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    • Understanding Security Templates

      Understanding Security Templates

      With Windows NT 4.0, came the launch of the System Policy Editor feature which enabled administrators to manage the security settings of the system through a single user interface. The System Policy Editor feature allowed administrators to easily manage configurations of multiple computers because configuration settings could be copied between systems. With the introduction of

    • Designing Network Infrastructure Security

      Designing Network Infrastructure Security

      Network Infrastructure Security Overview Network infrastructure refers to the grouping of physical hardware and logical components which are needed to provide a number of features for the network, such as connectivity, routing and switching capabilities, network security, and access control. The physical infrastructure of the network refers to the physical design of the network together

    • Understanding Certificate Authorities

      Understanding Certificate Authorities

      An Overview on Certificate Authorities In the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), digital certificates are based on public key cryptography. The PKI consists of a set of components, policies, protocols, and technologies that provide data authentication, integrity, and confidentiality through the use of certificates, and public and private keys. Data is protected by applying a hashing

    • How to Turn off User Account Control

      How to Turn off User Account Control

      Microsoft designed the Windows User Account Control and deployed it on the Windows Operating System (OS) in order to prevent unauthorized modifications to critical settings or programs on a computer running the Windows OS. Microsoft deployed User Account Control since Windows XP, and has continued to update the application in newer versions of Windows (such

    • Implementing Public Key Infrastructure

      Implementing Public Key Infrastructure

      An Overview on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) A set of components, standards, and protocols make up the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which protects data as it is transmitted over the network. The PKI is an integral aspect of security within a network. Digital certificates form the basis of the PKI because these certificates use

    • How to Limit Internet Access in Windows XP User Accounts

      How to Limit Internet Access in Windows XP User Accounts

      User accounts allow Microsoft Windows to differentiate between computer usersĀ  in order to determine the rights they should have. Each user account is assigned its own location on the hard disk for file storage. There is a collection of settings pertaining to each account that is stored in the computer’s Registry. Methods for Limiting a

    • Understanding and Implementing Smart Card Authentication

      Understanding and Implementing Smart Card Authentication

      An Overview on Authentication and Smart Cards Administrators have to secure the network from attacks launched by hackers, spies, terrorists, thieves and criminals. Security encompasses numerous technologies, protocols, standards, policies, passwords, and secret keys. All these mechanisms typically focus on the following: Authentication Access Control Data Protection Auditing/Accountability Authentication is the process by which an

    • Understanding and Implementing Access Control

      Understanding and Implementing Access Control

      An Overview of Access Control Allowing users and computers unlimited access to system resources and network resources can ultimately compromise the security and stability of an organization. Even though users and computers need to access network and system resources to perform certain tasks, the access that they require should be limited to those necessary to

    • Securing Domain Controllers

      Securing Domain Controllers

      Domain Controllers Security Issues When it comes to Windows Server Active Directory networks, one of the most important server roles which can be configured is probably the domain controllers role. Domain controllers perform a number of important functions and control activities within a domain, including the following: Contain a replica of the Active Directory directory

    • How to Enable the Windows Vista Administrator Account

      How to Enable the Windows Vista Administrator Account

      In Windows Vista, there is a difference between accounts with “computer administrator” privileges and the Administrator account. In the Administrator account, the User Account Control is disabled. Also, the Administrator account is present, but hidden and disabled by default. Please be aware that Vista Beta 2 has a bug that may cause big problems, if

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