How to implement the ASD Essential 8 via Group Policy

The Australian Government Department called the Australian Signals Directorate has a list of mitigation strategies that is used to help protect IT system against security risks. This list is called the “ASD Essential 8“. While this its generated by the Australian Government department it is an excellent starting point for securing any organisation or government …

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How to Troubleshoot AppLocker

AppLocker is a great new feature that was introduced in Windows 7 that allowed IT Admins to prevent the running of certain application in their corporate environment (e.g. Chrome). However there are a number of steps and pre-requisites for this feature to work that seem to catch people up quite often. So below is a …

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How manage Published (a.k.a Metro) Apps in Windows 8 using Group Policy

Windows 8 is coming REALLY SOON and of course one of the big new things to computer with that is the new Metro Packaged Apps that run in the start screen. However these apps are very different and do not install like traditional apps to a path or have a true “executable” file to launch …

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How Microsoft uses AppLocker to block Bit Torrent

Microsoft has just released a report (see AppLocker Deployment at Microsoft)  describing the process they used to implementation of AppLocker via Group Policy. This was done to so that Microsoft would maintaining compliance with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by preventing all their computers from running P2P software. The report shows that after …

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