Whether you're the head of your IT department or the head of your household when it comes to admin duties, you need a good resource to justify your "tech guru" status in the eyes of those who depend on your skills. Not the least of these is your efforts to secure the computers you (and your clients or co-workers) rely on for everything from banking to shopping and social networking. Working ranks highly on that list, too.
Threats come from all sides: spoofed emails, flaws in software, botnets and too many more. While the nature of the attacks is such that they constantly evolve, if you employ strong defenses and use sound strategies for setting and configuring new workstations - and then back those up with some enforcement policies once in use - you can reduce the likelihood of malicious activities.
With the goal of improving computer security, US-CERT lays out specific procedures in "Ten Ways to Improve the Security of a New Computer," available for free here in the IT Downloads library. The recommendations include:
Download the US-CERT steps for protecting your computers and minimize threats before they knock at your door. If you unbox it, they will come.