How secure is Windows Server 2003?

Thursday, 22 May 2003, 11:07 AM EST

By all indications, Windows Server 2003 is engineered to be more secure than its predecessors. Microsoft has adopted a two-pronged approach to achieving this goal: The company has added several new features intended to boost security, and it has altered the operating system's out-of-the-box settings so that many other features are turned off by default. Will this dual approach help squelch the security problems that have plagued Windows for decades, or does Microsoft still have miles to go?

Overall, analysts seem to agree that new security features in Windows Server 2003 will be less significant to system administrators than changes to the default settings of the OS. Either way, of course, CIOs will still shoulder the burden of making sure everything runs securely day in and day out.

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