Get a glimpse inside Roberta Bragg's book "Hardening Windows Systems" with this series of book excerpts. Below is the introductory excerpt from Chapter 11, "Harden Communications." Click for the complete book excerpt series or purchase the book.
Harden Remote Access Clients
Client hardening should be done as a matter of installation and upkeep. Of critical importance on remote access clients is the use of a personal firewall and updated antiviral product. In addition, harden authentication, policy use, and encryption on the client. Client configuration can be centralized using Group Policy and for Windows NT 4.0, by creating profiles using the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK). Like IEAK, CMAK is simply a way to create a standard user remote access profile and distribute it from a central location. The profile can be installed as part of an IEAK Package. A version is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
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This was first published in March 2005