In addition to being more user-friendly than OS’s of the past, Windows 7 has some pretty stout security controls right out of the box. However, like other things security-related, lack of maintenance and oversight can turn an otherwise reasonably secure OS on its head. Did I mention some of the security features are tied to the version of Windows 7 you’re running combined with the version of Windows Server on the other end?
Anyway, here are some pieces I’ve written about Windows 7 security that you may want to check out:
Using BitLocker in Windows 7 – pros, cons, and other general things you need to know
Securing removable media with BitLocker To Go – a neat solution that can help ensure one of those darned thumb drives doesn’t get your business into a bind
Cracking passwords in Windows 7 – perhaps more appropriately titled “How to crack Windows 7 passwords so you can find the vulnerabilities before the bad guys exploit them”
Using Windows XP Mode for security testing in Windows 7 – how you can use the potential VMWare Workstation killer for security testing with the added benefit of not mucking up your local workstation installation
Using Windows 7’s DirectAccess to enhance the mobile user experience – Microsoft’s VPN alternative and what you need to know to make sure it doesn’t create more problems than it solves
Windows 7 vulnerabilities you won’t hear about – some of the things no one’s talking about when it comes to Windows 7 security
If you’re looking for more information check out my other tips, podcasts, screencasts, and webcasts on Windows security.
Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, keynote speaker, and expert witness with Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog.