Improving Windows Server Security

Wednesday Sep 15th 2010 by Paul Rubens

Microsoft took down the Waledac spam botnet by gaining control of the domains used by the botnet's herders to issue commands to infected Windows machines.

Microsoft successfully maneuvered to take down the Waledac spam botnet, a move that offers hope for Windows server security going forward.

"Go out and practice incident response!"

As rallying cries go, it may not be quite as catchy and inspiring as Nike's "Just do it!" but it does the job of encapsulating security consultant Dr. Anton Chuvakin's pragmatic philosophy for keeping organizations as safe as possible. Essentially, he believes that since your enterprise operating systems will never be totally secure, you'd better be good at dealing with hackers when they strike.

"I freak out when I hear people talk about being proactive. You need to focus on being quickly reactive," is his bottom line security advice.

And it's advice that resonates with Microsoft. That's because the company responsible for roughly one-third of all server operating systems (in revenue terms, at any rate) in the data center and almost 100 percent of desktop enterprise operating systems has a huge problem when it comes to security.

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