thought you’d be interested in a new Solution Accelerator just released by Microsoft – it’s called the Security Compliance Management toolkit
The Security Compliance Management toolkit provides best practices from Microsoft about how to plan, deploy, monitor, and remediate a security baseline. The toolkit offers a proven method that you can use to effectively monitor the compliance state of a security baseline for Windows Vista®, Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Windows Server® 2003 SP2. To simplify the monitoring process for security baselines, use the DCM feature of Configuration Manager 2007 in combination with Security Compliance Management Configuration Packs.

If you’d like to learn more, or to download the Security Compliance Management toolkit just clickhere.

Security Compliance Management
Published: June 5, 2008

Learn about Security Compliance Management at TechEd 2008!

Session: SEC376 : Ensure your Security Baseline Compliance with Security Compliance Management DCM Configuration Packs
Speakers: John Baker, Gaurav Bora, Michael Tan
Where: Room Number S230 E (ITPRO) in Orlando, FL
When: 6/13/2008 4:30 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.
About Solution Accelerators

Solution Accelerators are authoritative resources that help IT pros plan, deliver, operate, and manage IT systems that address real-world scenarios. Solution Accelerators provide free, prescriptive guidance and automation to accelerate cross-product integration, core infrastructure development, and other enhancements.
About This Accelerator

Monitor the security compliance state of your IT environment for computers running Windows.


In today’s IT environment, the ability to comply with regulations and industry standards, such as the Sarbanes Oxley Act, is a source of deep concern for many organizations. In addition, organizations need to manage risks resulting from emerging threats and changing conditions within their IT infrastructures. As a result, organizations need sound methods that they can count on to understand the state of the security settings in their IT infrastructures, assess the compliance of a security baseline, and demonstrate that compliance requirements have been met.
To help organizations address these challenges, Microsoft has created the Security Compliance Management toolkit. The toolkit provides best practices from Microsoft about how to plan, deploy, and monitor a security baseline. In addition, the toolkit provides remediation recommendations to address security baseline issues. The toolkit also offers a proven method that your organization can use to effectively monitor the compliance state of recommended security baselines for Windows Vista®, Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Windows Server® 2003 SP2.
The Security Compliance Management toolkit includes the following components:
  • The Overview document, which describes the overall security compliance management process and the steps that the toolkit recommends to achieve security compliance using prescribed security baselines.
  • The DCM Configuration Pack User Guide, which describes how to load and operate the Configuration Packs in the desired configuration management (DCM) feature of System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
  • The Security Compliance Management DCM Configuration Packs that provide security baseline checks for each of the following operating systems: Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP2.
  • Informational Materials: These include a Security Compliance Management Data Sheet and a FAQ that explain how the guidance for the toolkit can benefit your organization.