Windows 8 Security Baseline


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The Windows 8 Security Baseline is released for the Windows 8 operating system. This product baseline, used in combination with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager 3.0 (SCM 3.0) tool, enables you to define custom baselines for Windows 8.

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The Windows 8 baseline is integrated with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) 3.0 tool. To access this product baseline and the Windows 8 Security Guide, download the Security Compliance Manager.

To learn more about SCM, see Security Compliance Manager on Microsoft TechNet.

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The Windows 8 baseline package includes the Windows 8 Security Guide. SCM is designed to provide you with an end-to-end solution to help you plan, deploy, and monitor the security of computers running Windows 8 in your environment. You can also export the baselines as Desired Configuration Manager (DCM) configuration packs for compliance scanning with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. You will find the Windows8 Security Guide in the Attachments \ Guides node of the SCM tool.

What is a security baseline?

A security baseline is a collection of configurations items for a Microsoft product that provides prescribed values to solve a specific use case or scenario. Windows 8 security baselines provide guidance and supporting technical data to implement an effective and efficient messaging infrastructure that enables you to:

  • Understand threats.
  • Implement countermeasures.
  • Learn about product-specific recommendations.

This knowledge is accessed through the Security Compliance Manager tool, which gives you the ability to customize a security baseline to meet the unique requirements of your organization. The tool exports security baselines in multiple formats to help you apply the configuration and confirm the compliance level of the computers in your organization.

Windows 8 security baselines include the following elements:

  • A detailed view of security vulnerabilities related to specific Windows operating systems, applications, and browser settings, and information on the potential impact of configuring significant settings in these areas to help you better understand how to effectively mitigate threats to your environment.
  • Recommended countermeasures to address such vulnerabilities, as well as the technical data required to implement and assess the state of each countermeasure that you implement.
  • A product-specific security guide that provides detailed instructions and recommendations to help strengthen the security of the computers running Windows 8 in your organization.

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The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) provides centralized security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization capabilities, and security baseline export flexibility to accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft products.

Take advantage of the experience of Microsoft security professionals, and reduce the time and money required to harden your environment. This end-to-end Solution Accelerator is designed to help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows client and server operating systems, Microsoft applications, and Windows Internet Explorer. Access the complete database of Microsoft recommended security settings, customize your baselines, and then choose from multiple formats—including Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs, Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), XLS, or Group Policy objects (GPOs)—to export the baselines to your environment and automate the security baseline compliance verification process.

Included in the Download

The SCM 3.0 download includes the following components:

  • Microsoft_Security_Compliance_Manager_Setup.exe – The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager allows you to view, update, and export security baselines.
  • LocalGPO.msi – This tool is designed to manage local Group Policy on a computer by applying a security baseline and exporting the local Group Policy.

After you download and install SCM 3.0, you can view all available Microsoft product security baselines. For more information, refer to the getting started guidance on the SCM TechNet Wiki.

The .cab file for the Windows 8 security baseline includes the following components:

  • Win8 BitLocker Security 1.0
  • Win8 Computer Security Compliance 1.0
  • Win8 Domain Security Compliance 1.0
  • Win8 User Security Compliance 1.0
  • Win8 Extended DCM Checks 1.0
  • Windows 8 Security Guide.docx
  • Windows 8 CCE Reference.xlsm
  • Extended DCM Checks.docx

Related Resources

The following resources provide additional information about security topics and in-depth discussion of the concepts and security prescriptions related to SCM:

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