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Designing an access control strategy for files and folders
The information that people use on computers is contained in the files and folders that are available to them. Some of these files and folders are created by the users themselves, whereas others are created for them by someone else. The users on your network have the right to expect that the files and folders that they use are safe based on the security policies of your organization. It's your responsibility to create a file and folder structure that provides the security that the users expect, while allowing them to access the files and folders that they need. Windows Server 2003 has built-in tools to help you manage the security of files and folders. Your access control strategy should address the following elements of security for files and folders:
- Designing a strategy for the encryption and decryption of files and folders
- Designing a permission structure for files and folders
- Designing security for a backup and recovery strategy
- Analyzing auditing requirements
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