Enterprise infrastructure heavily relies on Microsoft systems - ranging from Active Directory, IIS Web Services, Exchange, SQL Database Server to Sharepoint. These critical systems run on Microsoft Windows Server Operating System of different flavours and versions which often have a plethora of applications installed. Managing systems security at not only the Operating System level but also application level is paramount to ensure security threats are minimized and vulnerabilities are locked down.
Ensuring secure authentication and authorization, logging privileged account and monitoring their activity, ensuring operating systems are patched to fix potential vulnerabilities and exploits whilst ensuring Microsoft systems are meeting the minimum security baseline compliance are all important aspects to consider when planning on building a secure Microsoft systems security eco-system.
DTS Professional Services can provide advance consulting services to develop a security framework for Microsoft Systems that integrates into Configuration Configuration, Configuration Management, Vulnerability Management and SIEM solution domains.
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a software tool released by Microsoft to determine security state by assessing missing security updates and less-secure security settings within Microsoft Windows, Windows components such as Internet Explorer, IIS web server, and products Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office macro settings. Security updates are determined by the current version of MBSA using the Windows Update Agent present on Windows computers since Windows 2000 Service Pack 3. The less-secure settings, often called Vulnerability Assessment (VA) checks, are assessed based on a hard-coded set of registry and file checks. An example of a VA might be that permissions for one of the directories in the /www/root folder of IIS could be set at too low a level, allowing unwanted modification of files from outsiders.