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Best Practices for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment

Published: 28 October 2016

ID: G00316134

Analyst(s): Prateek Bhajanka , Oliver Rochford


Secure configuration assessment is essential for identifying risks arising out of weak and misconfigured systems and devices. Security and risk management leaders should helm this effort and coordinate among various departments to meet compliance and security needs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Establish Secure Configuration Policy Baselines and Minimum Standards for System Configurations
  • Develop SCA Capabilities (In-House or Outsourced)
    • Phase 1: Establish the SCA Objective, Scope and Tools
    • Phase 2: Establish an SCA Operating Model
    • Phase 3: Execute SCA
  • Conduct SCAs to Verify Compliance With Security Policies, Detect Policy Breaches and Improve Enforcement of Policies

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