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Windows 7 and IE8 CIS Security Baselines

[From Blake Frantz at the Center for Internet Security (CIS)]

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) and Microsoft are collaborating on security baselines for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. On July 13, 2009, beta versions of these baselines will be available for review from the Microsoft Connect site. On August 5, 2009, Microsoft will host a Live Meeting session to discuss these security baselines and gather feedback from the CIS Community — and you're invited! This is a great opportunity to get answers to your Internet Explorer 8 and Windows 7 security questions, get a head start on defining your organization's configuration standards for these technologies, and contribute your expertise to the community.

Here's what you need to do to get involved:

1) Join the Microsoft Connect Beta program for the Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 security baseline project by following this invitation link. (Please note: You will need a Windows Live ID to login to this site. If you do not already have one, a link is provided for you to create one.)

2) Download and review the Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 security compliance baselines. The following resources are included:

The Widnows 7 Security Compliance Baseline Beta includes:
? Windows 7 Security Guide
? Windows 7 Security Baseline Settings
? Windows 7 GPO Back-up Files
? BitLocker Security Baseline Settings
? BitLocker GPO Back-up Files

The Internet Explorer 8 Security Compliance Baseline Beta includes:
? Internet Explorer 8 Security Guide
? Internet Explorer 8 Security Baseline Settings
? Internet Explorer 8 GPO Back-up Files

3) Provide your feedback on the baselines using the Microsoft Connect feedback form. Instructions and a link are provided on the Beta program page.

On August 5, 2009, attend the Live Meeting session to discuss the security baselines.

Important Dates:
July 13, 2009 - Beta release of Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 security baselines.
August 5, 2009 - Live Meeting session to discuss and provide feedback on the security baselines.

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