Windows breach: Top tips to safeguard your hardware

May 4, 2017 | Best Practices

Several vulnerabilities with Windows platforms have recently been identified. This follows a major security breach of the US National Security Agency in which a number of their internal-use hacking tools were released into the public domain.

The breach essentially makes these these tools available for download to anyone with the know-how on the internet.

Take these steps to safeguard your Windows servers and workstations:
  • 1. Ensure you run anti-virus software on all of your computers. Keep them updated.
  • 2. Disable file and printer sharing on your network until appropriate Microsoft Patches are available.
  • 3. Decommission outdated versions of Windows immediately. Failure to do this may result in your data being either being compromised or lost. This will lead to loss of productivity and downtime.
  • 4. Remove any unsupported computers from your business network and run it in stand alone mode. It’s essential to your overall network security.
  • 5. Block port 445 on every computer and server.
  • 6. Run Windows Updates on your servers and computers. There are critical Windows Updates available to secure some of the exposed vulnerabilities.
  • 7. Run daily, weekly and monthly backups to separate hard disk drives. Store these OFFLINE. They cannot remain connected to the server.

 

Update and test your backups to ensure they work, and include ALL required data in the backup set.

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Reference: https://www.wired.com/2017/04/major-leak-suggests-nsa-deep-middle-east-banking-system/