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Windows XP offers a wide range of administrative security features that can be employed to protect your network. This overview will familiarize you with the security features in this Microsoft operating system.
When an IT security configuration checklist (e.g., hardening or lockdown guide) is applied to a system in combination with trained system administrators and a sound and effective security program, a substantial reduction in vulnerability exposure can be achieved. Accordingly, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has produced the "Guide to Securing Microsoft Windows XP Systems for IT Professionals: A NIST Security Configuration Checklist" to assist personnel responsible for the administration and security of Windows XP systems.
This guide contains information that can be used to secure local Windows XP workstations, mobile computers, and telecommuter systems more effectively in a variety of environments, including small office, home office (SOHO) and managed enterprise environments. The guidance should only be applied throughout an enterprise by trained and experienced system administrators.
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