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Windows XP Professional CIS Certified Configuration Audits

Tenable Network Security has received certification for the Nessus vulnerability scanner and Security Center to perform Center for Internet Security configuration audits of the Windows XP operating system. This blog entry discusses the new audit policies, an upcoming webinar on how to use these polices and making use of these with the Nessus Client and Security Center.

Certified Audit Policies for XP Pro

New audit files are available to all Direct Feed and Security Center customers at the Tenable Customer Portal. Four new audit polices are now available:

  • XP Pro Enterprise Desktop
  • XP Pro Enterprise Mobile
  • XP Pro Specialized Security and Limited Functionality
  • XP Pro Legacy

Each of these audit policies corresponds with a CIS profile for deploying Windows XP Pro. The 'Desktop' and 'Mobile' profiles correspond to a typical Windows XP Pro deployment on either a dedicated corporate desktop or a mobile laptop. For extra hardening, tighter security settings and offering the least amount of services, the Specialized Security and Limited Functionality profile can be used. This is an ideal setting to offer very limited and single purpose services. And lastly, for compatibility with Windows NT, the 'Legacy' profile is offered. This profile relaxes some encryption and authentication protocols to retain compatibility with older Microsoft protocols.

Upcoming Webinar

Tenable is offering an upcoming webinar which illustrates what these audit policies test for, how to use them for point auditing with Nessus and how to perform enterprise auditing with the Security Center. The webinar will be held December 12, 2007 between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM EST.

    Title: Nessus 3 agent-less Configuration and Patch Auditing Windows XP
    Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/340209530

Installing and Using these Audit Polices

Direct Feed and Security Center customers can immediately download these new polices.

Nessus users can save these audit polices to their scanning platform and make use of them when creating scan polices. With the Nessus Client, the audit polices can be specified when a scan policy is created.

Security Center users should download these polices and place them in the /opt/sc3/admin/nasl directory as owner 'tns'. These polices will then be available to any vulnerability policy.

For More Information

To see a list of all certified CIS configuration audit polices that can be performed by Nessus Direct Feed and Security Center users, please visit:

http://www.cisecurity.org/tenable_cert.html