Windows security tools

Which tools do you use for security auditing of windows servers (by which I mean checking the configuration aligns with best practice and is free from administrative/configuration based vulnerabilities). Microsoft baseline security analyser seems to of been retjred and not supported on newer OS. So gauging what tools / scripts etc are common in 2018 would be interesting. I would have thought powershell scripts could replace what MBSA used to check for but couldnt find much out there.
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
using Nessus for CIS compliance check .
https://www.tenable.com/downloads/cis-compliance-audit-policies

More important is the patch level implemented and any End of Life status
https://www.tenable.com/blog/auditing-patch-management-solutions-with-tenable-io

alternative is to use new "security compliance manager (SCM)" i.e. Security Compliance Toolkit for policy analysis
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/secguide/2017/06/15/security-compliance-manager-scm-retired-new-tools-and-procedures/

Or DSC Environment Analyzer (DSCEA), a PowerShell module that uses the declarative nature of Desired State Configuration to scan systems in an environment against a defined reference. It  can provide reports on overall compliance and details on any DSC resource found to be non-compliant.  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/

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masnrockCommented:
You could look at tools like OpenVAS.
pma111Author Commented:
Does openvas run on windows?
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masnrockCommented:
No it doesn't, but at least it is free.
pma111Author Commented:
Will check it out,thanks.
btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Dont think so but it maybe done indirectly.

For info, close to OpenVAS is Greenbone Security Manager for professional users, as GCE (Community ver) for users in SOHO environments, and as source packages, which are embedded into various Linux distributions as OpenVAS. The differences between these versions and the related Security Feed.
The Greenbone Security Manager Community Edition (GSM CE) is a derivative of the GSM ONE for evaluation purposes. The GSM CE may be deployed using VirtualBox on Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Linux systems.

In contrast to the commercial version the GSM CE uses the OpenVAS Community Feed instead of the Greenbone Security Feed. While the commercial versions support seamless updates of the operating systems new versions of the GSM CE are provided as ISO images requiring a new full installation. Further differences between the other GSM models and the GSM CE are explained on https://www.greenbone.net/en/community-edition/.
https://docs.greenbone.net/GSM-Manual/gos-4/en/gsm_overview.html

But it can scan target Windows machine still
https://docs.greenbone.net/GSM-Manual/gos-4/en/vulnerabilitymanagement.html#requirements-on-target-systems-with-windows
pma111Author Commented:
Are there costs associated with DSCEA and DCA? Such as the baselines themselves?
btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Nope if you are already having the Windows build licences. DSC was introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2, it is available for down-level operating systems via the Windows Management Framework (WMF) package. You should talk to your IT support team too.
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