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It has been said that security is commensurate with effort. Encrypting the server/network (with BitLocker) was such an effort. What do you all do to go the extra mile on security?

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I had in mind the metaphor of content protection (like encryption) on the one hand, and perimeter defense (like Firewall) on the other hand. We already had a useful BitLocker thread on the former issue. I'd like to address the latter issue in this thread.

 

What perimeter defenses does WS2012R2E offer ?

Anyone has a list of something like 'network access protection' tools?

How do we best deploy those tools ? etc. etc.

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When I think of perimeter defense I think more about physical firewalls. Do you want to talk about those or focus the discussion on Windows Server?

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It's not really the server doing the role of security, that's the job of your edge (perimeter) devices..

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Poking around I discovered Server Manager > Tools > Security Configuration Wizard :o <= shock and awe, never thought that there is sooo much involved. Of course I did not change anything to the default settings, and plan to leave it for a later date when I will be (much) more familiar with the server/client devices/network.

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I'm with jmwills, perimeter security is the job of, well, perimeter devices: routers, UTMs, firewalls. honeypots, etc. I feel Windows servers have enough to do as it is; I don't want them to be responsible for protecting my network as well. Windows servers do have security features built in of course; I'm content to leave them in their default configuration.

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if you are using the server to provide remote web access or vpn services, security becomes its duty, so better to let the UTM do things like that too

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