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How to perform an audit check of Internet explorer 11

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HI,

Please suggest any tools, resources, or custom audit/policy files that can let me perform an automated compliance check of Internet Explorer 11 either using Nessus or another product. I have been searching the internet and looked into CIS and Nessus but they only have Internet Explorer 10 at this time and the results are not accurate.  I am open to suggestions.

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A) there is Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) which create the baseline. That baseline can include nearly all Group Policy Object (GPO) Administrative Template settings in recent versions of Windows, IE, and Office.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/secguide/archive/2014/08/13/security-baselines-for-windows-8-1-windows-server-2012-r2-and-internet-explorer-11-final.aspx

SCM can export the baselines into different formats so you can use them with other tools, such as Desired Configuration Management (DCM) format for use with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).  

You can import an entire baseline into DCM and assign it to a SCCM collection, then run a compliance report to show how your organization measures up. You can also export Group Policy Objects (GPOs). You can also make a “golden master.” That’s a reference copy that’s used to produce multiple copies.

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles-tutorials/misc_network_security/Security-Compliance-Microsoft-SCM.html
http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2012/07/05/compliance-settings-in-system-center-configuration-manager-2012/

B) another is Nessus with
CIS Windows basline; or
https://discussions.nessus.org/message/12393#12393
SCAP plugin check
https://discussions.nessus.org/thread/7225

NIST listed some tools fro compliance checks too (most is SCAP based) that include Secunia, GFI Lnguard and eEye Retina http://www.nist.org/news.php?extend.204

You catch the EE forum on further listing too though they are not specific to compliance of IE
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Vulnerabilities/Q_28227670.html
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How do I import the files.  I click on import baseline wizard and it ask me for a *.cab file.
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Never mind, human error. Thanks
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see if this helps to create a SCCM 2012 SP1 Configuration Baseline with Security Compliance Manager (SCM) 3.0
http://www.verboon.info/2013/02/how-to-create-a-sccm-2012-sp1-configuration-baseline-with-security-compliance-manager-scm-3-0/
To use this baseline within SCCM we must export it into a DCM cab file. Under the Export node, select SCCM DCM 2007 (cab) and then associate the baseline with a Product...

Note that SCCM DCM 2007 relates to the “format” of the DCM cab file, but according to Jose Maldonado Security Product Manager at Microsoft for SCM this works with SCCM 2012 Service Pack 1 as well. Without SCCM 2012 SP1 some of the DCM packs have issues.
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