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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Group Policy for WSUS

Windows Server Update Service (a.k.a. WSUS) is Microsoft free tool they provide for deploying patches and updates. In my experience this tool is pretty much used by every organisation in the world that has more than a hand full of computers. WSUS is also a requirement for the Software Update option in SCCM 2007. What …

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Microsoft Security Essentials definitions now available on WSUS

Microsoft have now started to release definition updates to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) via WSUS. This now allows any corporate that is running WSUS to centrally deploy pattern updated from a single server. While most corporation probably will not have MSE deployed in their environment it might still be worth while to enable to ensure …

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 9 – Allow Automatic Updates immediate installation

First of all thank you for coming to my new web site www.grouppolicy.biz this site is still rather new and if you have any issues and/or suggesting please feel free to post a comment. This weeks GPSW covers another product that I use a lot and love to talk about, Windows Server Update Services (a.k.a. …

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How to make Adobe Reader 9 more secure using Group Policy

Update: I have since reposted this article with new registry keys that makes configured Adobe updater a lot easer. Check it out at  http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/06/updated-how-to-make-adobe-reader-more-secure-using-group-policy/ Recently there have been a number of critical security issues that have been associated with Adobe Reader (see below). http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2010/04/critical-adobe-and-adobe-acrobat-update.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2010/01/adobe-readeracrobat-critical-update.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2009/10/adobe-reader-and-acrobat-critical.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2009/05/critical-update-adobe-reader-and.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2009/12/critical-adobe-pdf-vulnerability.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2010/01/adobe-readeracrobat-critical-update.html http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa09-07.html To see a complete list …

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