Certified personnel

Certified personnel
By Adesh Rampat

Once an employee has gained a new Windows certification, should he/she be given the authority to perform administrator privileges on mission critical applications or servers immediately?

Maybe not. Consider these points before you open your network up to newly certified people.

* The employee should be familiar not only with the organization's security policies and procedures, but also with the IT department's policies and practices in handling confidential information.

* Don't give immediate administrator access to mission-critical applications or servers. Though many certified professionals should be trained in handling mission critical applications, each organization approaches the handling of applications differently. Make sure your new certificatees know what's what.

* Although the employee should be familiar with all aspects of the Windows 2000 security features, it is always advisable to simulate situations on a test network before giving an employee control of mission-critical applications or servers. Using this test network, you can have the employee perform simulation procedures on a mission- critical server with regard to applying security restrictions to applications.

* Access to areas that are used for storage of confidential data should be restricted unless the employee has demonstrated proper understanding of the department's procedures

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in the handling of data.

* At the workstation level, access restrictions should remain unless otherwise specified by the CIO.

About the author:
Adesh Rampat has 10 years of experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association of Internet Professionals, the Institute for Network Professionals and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

Related book

Windows 2000 Security Handbook
Author : Tom Sheldon and Phil Cox
Publisher : McGraw-Hill
ISBN/CODE : 0072124334
Cover Type : Soft Cover
Pages : 700
Published : Dec. 2000
Deploy and administer bullet-proof Windows 2000 security policies. This book explains how to safeguard intranet, Internet and e-commerce transactions with IPSec; defend against hacking, spoofing, sniffing and DDS attacks; and secure your network with firewalls, proxy servers and VPNs.

This was first published in April 2001

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