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July/August 2012

Three steps for securing SharePoint

SharePoint 2010 is easily one of Microsoft’s most complex products, and the task of securing SharePoint can be overwhelming. Even so, there are some relatively simple steps you can perform that will go a long way toward improving the overall security of your SharePoint deployment and ensuring the sensitive data it contains is protected. Step 1: Limit permissions One of the most common SharePoint security problems is users receiving excessive permissions. The principle of least privileges should be used any time a user is being granted access to SharePoint. Unfortunately, users are often given excessive permissions, either because it is easier for an administrator to assign blanket permissions over granular permissions, or because the administrator does not truly understand the SharePoint permissions model. To give you a more concrete example, imagine a specific user needs to be able to manage a large group of sites, sub-sites, lists, and libraries. In that type of situation, the easy thing to do would be to make the user a site ...

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