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By what names will hardening systems/applications and vulnerability management polcies be referred? Do you have such a policy at your companies or do these areas fit into an over arching policy, are they referred to as something else, or do they fit into the same policy? Do you have a comprehensive list of what security areas are covered by policy, I assume patch management is a 3rd but I guess there will be lots?
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not sure what exactly you're asking for, but probly following can help you:
  http://bsi-mm.com/ BSIMM
  http://bsimm2.com/ BSIMM
  http://www.isecom.org/ OSSTMM
  http://www.opensamm.org/ OpenSAMM
  https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:Software_Assurance_Maturity_Model OpenSAMM
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Im asking if you as a company have any sort of corporate policy that discusses the companies stance on vulnerability management and hardening servers/workstations/network devices before they are utilised in the network? And what a "hardening policy" may also be referred to as?
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For wondows server, this link is baseline in general
 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc526440.aspx
But we should go another level towards hardening at application specific level. E.g lync server below
 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg195792.aspx
It tends to incorporate VA as part of the health checks which the policy mandate the intervals and type of critical services to be defended and patched within certain SLA reauirement by organsation needs. For example to provide high resilency of 99.9%, the checls has to be 2times per mth witb additionL chscks on baselines and eliminating unnecesary services like ftp, rtsp, etc. many more variation can evolved especially if virtual patching criteria is needed. This means, reduce windows of exposure while patched is not available by the vendor
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Breadtan - do your company have a defined, documented and implemented policy then around systems hardening? I.e.  a piece of paper that says this is what the company has decided we do around this? Or is VA/PM/VM referenced in another policy?
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Or is it just done by IT, but no policy that says "thou must", just a case of "thou does"?
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I must confess I've seen patch management documented policies but I've never seen a vulnerability management policy?
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This is an interesting comment

"Remove All Unnecessary File Shares
Remove all unnecessary file shares on the system to prevent possible information disclosure and to prevent malicious users from using the shares as an entry to the local system."

That hints that even with access to just a share, it may be used to gain access to other resources on the server? Is that even possible?
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Hi.

Our company has to follow federal guidelines. Those are imposed on us because we work with restricted data that is used by the military. The term for us is "base protection guideline" and this covers hardening amongst other things. In general, you can often read about a "company security policy".

Vulnerability management? What should that term consist of? I was not aware that nowadays vulnerabilities need managers ;). Say in detail what you see behind this term and I might help you find a better one.
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Simply said that these policy at enterprise side is not totally lockdown of these services like file shares. It is to eliminate null shares or shares that is accessible for using simple credentials. There is definitely a defined policy at my it departmemt but yet tof these extend of enforcing lockout of user if they do not meet certain health checks. The server has segregated lan ands vulnerability scanning is not in placed as it is supposed. Minimally patch mgmt is there as expertise to train on performing vunerability scan will ideally be from internal experts of audit depart....too many variation and imvestment personally that I see hence balance amd getting cio key prioroty too build they alignment of they outcome of security posture for enterprise is an ever ongoing process and education
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Just to add more specific to security strategy planning for proactive and reactive response.
 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc723491.aspx
Both patch and vulnerability mgmt is part of the security strategy policy enforcement to responses. The securitylist sp 80-115 and sp 80-53a are worth checking out
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