Introduction to hardening Client Security

Applies To: Forefront Client Security

Hardening your Microsoft Forefront Client Security deployment helps ensure ongoing protection for clients in your organization. Failing to secure the servers running Client Security components could lead to undetected events and broad propagation of undesired changes in your Microsoft Windows® computing environment.

Who should read this document?

Read this document if you want to:

  • Learn the security implications of deployment decisions.

  • Know how to harden your Client Security deployment.

For information about Client Security features and deployment, see the following resources:

What is in this document?

This guide provides information about securing the servers and clients that run Client Security components, the communications between all components, and the user accounts and service accounts relevant to Client Security. It also provides links to resources about securing prerequisite products, such as Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005.

To submit feedback about this guide, contact Microsoft Client Security Feedback (

For details about the types of information collected or used by Client Security, review the Microsoft Forefront Client Security Privacy Policy (

Before you begin securing your Client Security deployment, become familiar with the concepts and tools available for securing Microsoft Windows. Use the following links to access information about securing Microsoft Windows, particularly the prerequisite software upon which Client Security relies.