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Aug 27 2010   5:49PM GMT

Did you see this? – Microsoft updates Security Compliance Management Accelerator toolkit

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

In 2008, I blogged about Microsoft’s release of Security Compliance Management Accelerator toolkit. Now two years later Microsoft announces an updated Security Compliance Manager. The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager is the next evolution of the Microsoft Security Compliance Management Toolkit (SCMT) Series. Microsoft has taken extensive guidance and documentation and incorporated it into this new tool, enabling you to access and automate all of your organization’s security baselines in one centralized location.  Additionally, this tool provides security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization capabilities, and security baseline export flexibility to accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies.  This is a free download that can be accessed from the location below:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5534bee1-3cad-4bf0-b92b-a8e545573a3e

According to the website:

Security Compliance Manager Overview
Take advantage of the experience of Microsoft security professionals, and reduce the time and money required to harden your environment. This end-to-end Solution Accelerator will help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, and Microsoft applications. Access the complete database of Microsoft recommended security settings, customize your baselines, and then choose from multiple formats-including XLS, Group Policy objects (GPOs), Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs, or Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)-to export the baselines to your environment to automate the security baseline deployment and compliance verification process. Use the Security Compliance Manager to achieve a secure, reliable, and centralized IT environment that will help you better balance your organization’s needs for security and functionality.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Centralized Management and Baseline Portfolio: The centralized management console of the Security Compliance Manager provides you with a unified, end-to-end user experience to plan, customize, and export security baselines. The tool gives you full access to a complete portfolio of recommended baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, and Microsoft applications. The Security Compliance Manager also enables you to quickly update the latest Microsoft baseline releases and take advantage of baseline version control.
  • Security Baseline Customization: Customizing, comparing, merging, and reviewing your baselines just got easier. Now you can use the new customization capabilities of the Security Compliance Manager to duplicate any of the recommended baselines from Microsoft-for Windows client and server operating systems, and Microsoft applications-and quickly modify security settings to meet the standards of your organization’s environment.
  • Multiple Export Capabilities: Export baselines in formats like XLS, Group Policy objects (GPOs), Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs, or Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) to enable automation of deployment and monitoring baseline compliance.
  • The Security Compliance Manager Getting Started Guide is now available to download. Download this short guide to quickly set up and customize the Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool. The guide also includes brief instructions on using the SCM tool to deploy and monitor security baselines for the latest server and client operating systems from Microsoft.

Let me and other ITKE readers know if you have tried this tool and how it worked if you did. Thanks for reading and let’s continue to be good network citizens!

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