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Server Hardening

Hardened Baseline Configuration using CIS Baseline Tools

Hardened Baseline Configuration is a crucial aspect of system security for cybersecurity experts and the risk management teams. The secure baseline configuration represents a set of security controls that have been carefully selected and implemented to provide a robust general level of system hardening. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and specific configurations will vary depending on the type of system (server, desktop, etc.), role and its intended use.

RDP Hardening and Hardening RDS Essential Guide

Windows Remote Desktop Service(RDS) in Microsoft Windows allows users to control a remote computer or virtual machine over a network using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). To secure this access, it’s crucial to implement strong passwords to prevent brute force attacks and unauthorized access.

Windows Hardening Guide: 10 Key Stages for Cyber Resilience

Best practices for mitigating various attack vectors are changing depending on the environment and server functionality. CIS baselines cover most of the relevant scenarios by addressing the first stage of your Hardening Windows Server project. CIS Benchmarks -What are They and How to Use Them Microsoft has been doing some work related to default security configuration, but there is still a big gap between security best practices (i.e. common benchmarks) and the default Windows configuration.

Hardening Systems through Security Benchmarks

System hardening is the process of configuring a system to a more secure state. Many technology solutions are not securely configured by default, so system administrators must harden systems while retaining their desired functionality. Thankfully, system administrators do not have to figure out system hardening on their own. Instead, they can reference security benchmarks which describe recommended secure configurations for a system.

Server Hardening Steps and Guide to Secure Your Server

Server hardening is a process that secures, essentially “hardening” a server infrastructure reducing the attack surface, which encompasses all potential entry points that unauthorized attackers could exploit. The objective is to enhance protection, minimize vulnerability and improve security posture. Achieving security and compliance requires implementing server hardening as an essential prerequisite. Server hardening is a proactive process that involves.

Ensure LAPS AdmPwd GPO Extension / CSE is installed

The Windows Local Administrator Password Solution ( Windows LAPS) is a built-in Windows feature designed to seamlessly handle and safeguard the password for a local administrator account on devices joined to either Microsoft Enterprise or Windows Server Active Directory domains. Additionally, Windows LAPS can be utilized to automatically manage and secure the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) account password on Windows Server Active Directory domain controllers.

How LDAP is used in Active Directory

The primary protocol employed within Microsoft’s Active Directory(AD) is Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). While LDAP serves as a fundamental component in AD, its application extends beyond, enabling user authentication in various tools and client environments. This includes Red Hat Directory Servers on UNIX systems and OpenLDAP, an open-source application used on Windows platforms.

Kubernetes Hardening Guide

Kubernetes, also referred to as k8s or “kubes,” stands as a portable, extensible, open-source container orchestration platform designed for managing containerized workloads and services. Initially developed by Google based on its internal systems Borg and later Omega, Kubernetes was introduced as an open-source project in 2014 and subsequently donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

NIST server hardening: Guide for NIST 800-123

The NIST SP 800-123 Guide to General Server Security contains NIST recommendations on how to secure your servers. It offers general advice and guideline on how you should approach this mission. Its aim is to assist organizations in understanding the fundamental activities they nee dto undertake to secure their servers. Regulations such as HIPAA, HITRUST, CMMC, and many others rely on those recommendations, demanding organizations to enforce and comply with the guide.