Changes to Default Settings Make Windows Server 2003 More Secure (Part 2)

by Deb Shinder
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix Apps & Hardening windows server security

A few weeks ago, in Part 1 of this two-part article, we discussed how today’s high risk computing environment, rife with viruses, worms and potential intruders and attackers, means today’s operating systems must take a different approach to security from those of the past. It is more important than ever that higher security be part of the default configuration. Consequently, Microsoft has made a number of changes to the default settings in Windows 2003 to make it more secure “out of the box.”We already looked at some of those changes, including differences in default permissions (both share and NTFS), changes to the membership of the Everyone group, and changes to ownership of objects. In Part 2, we’ll examine the changes that have been made to the default settings for common services and changes in the authentication process, and we’ll discuss some areas in which some believe that Server 2003’s defaults are still too open.