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Windows Server 2003 hardening services ensures better security
This article is part of the July/August 2008 issue of Information Security magazine
Shutting down unneeded services, ports and accounts makes Windows Server 2003 tough to beat. Hackers often gain access to servers through unused (not configured or secured) ports and services, such as Internet Information Services (IIS). To limit entry points, server hardening includes blocking unused ports and protocols as well as disabling services that are not required. Microsoft's latest release of Windows Server 2008 may be on the streets, but the majority of organizations will still rely on Server 2003 for as long as Microsoft supports it. While Server 2003 may not be the latest and greatest, you can ensure a better security posture by taking some easy--but essential--steps to harden your system. @exb Windows Server 2008 A Step Up Windows Server 2008 adds some significant security enhancements. Here are some of the highlights. Tighter control of services. The number of services installed and/or running by default has been greatly reduced, presenting fewer targets for malware. Server 2008 tackles the issue of privilege with...