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Hey guys,

 I was wondering what you guys thought are some good best practices for overall security at the office.

We have Win7 machines at Server 2012.

-enable pw complexity
-change pw 90 days
-lock screens after 15 mins

what else do you suggest?
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- MOST important: Keep your software up to date (security patches, OS, Browser, Browserplugins, PDF, JAVA and Office as the most attacked pieces of software on the clients)
- A decent AV-Solution on each client,  different one on the server.
- A firewall at the border to the internet
- regular backups
- encryption of sensitive data.
- disable local admin accounts/ dont give admin access to users
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Always use a software firewall.
Antivirus is still important.
Run regular security scans (nessus, languard, openVAS, etc)
Run the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.
For servers, run the various BPAs for each role.
Filter outbound traffic at your network edge, not just inbound, many UTMs default to allow all out. Locking down and getting better telemetry helps you see outbreaks far more quickly.
If your UTM doesn't have an IDS, run one separately, such as Snort.

Those are a few basic steps. From there, each environment has its own needs and demands, so recommendations that are universal get more difficult.
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by:Thomas Wheeler
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Those are some good general practices. Also setting up Antivirus, firewall , application install remote access and sharing policies. Also check to see if your organization handles data that has special requirements that are regulated by a third party set of requirements like hippa or international security.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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The very most important item is users run as STANDARD USERS and not administrators.
Mitigated 94% of all O/S related exploits and 100% of IE exploits from Microsoft own data collection statistics
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by:Cobra25
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thanks guys. i was looking strictly from a pc perspective. av + updates are already done.
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by:nobus
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locking screens after 15 minutes gives still ample time to meddle - cut it down to 1-2 mins
also - if you want to be protected from copying data  -disable USB
keep all data on servers
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by:McKnife
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Cobra, you would get better answers if your question would not be that broad. "Overall security" is everything. We could talk for hours and hours. It also depends on how much manpower you have. For example, I would suggest to deny internet access to the clients and switch to remoteapp usage for internet access. This is maybe the best thing you can do from a security perspective - but, do you have the manpower to workaround all ifs and buts that are created without direct internet access and does your workflow/do your apps allow this?

Please narrow your question.
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