Team tackles Windows security

Friday, 10 May 2002, 12:55 AM EST

The National Security Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology, in cooperation with the Center for Internet Security, the SANS Institute and Microsoft, have reached an initial agreement on a benchmark for securing Windows 2000 computers, said Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, a security education and consulting organization.

Paller said the joint action on Windows 2000 will lead to testing applications to ensure they work on securely configured systems and don't require users to sacrifice usability for security.

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