Establish a secure foundation with security configuration management.

One of the foundations of endpoint security is to ensure ideal security configurations are established and maintained in the network endpoints. Equip yourself with the Vulnerability Manager Plus intuitive dashboard, built exclusively to monitor and combat security misconfigurations in systems and servers.

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If the past cyberattacks have taught us anything, it's that overlooked security settings serve as a backdoor for threat actors. In this article, you'll learn about the impacts of security misconfigurations, and how you can eliminate them altogether with Vulnerability Manager Plus.

What is security misconfiguration?

Security misconfigurations are security settings inappropriately configured or left insecure that put your systems and data at risk. Basically, any poorly documented configuration changes, default settings, or a technical issue across any component in your endpoints could lead to a misconfiguration.

Why do security misconfigurations occur?

There are several reasons why a misconfiguration can occur. Modern network infrastructures are highly complex; organizations often overlook crucial security settings, including new network equipment that might retain default configurations. A developer might write flexible firewall rules, and create network shares for his convenience while building software and leave them unchanged. Sometimes, administrators allow configuration changes for testing or troubleshooting purposes, and forget to revert to the original state resulting in a misconfiguration.

Security risks are caused by misconfigurations

Are there users in your network who don't change their password? Do your users have administrative privileges by default? Have you enforced secure authentication protocols across your network systems yet? Are you aware of these and other security misconfigurations?

If you're not able to answer these questions, you should be reevaluating your cyber hygiene practices. A simple flaw like a default password or an open share can be leveraged by an attacker to thwart an organization's security efforts. Attackers could use malware and ransomware to exploit legacy protocols and open shares, as occurred in the worldwide 2017 WannaCry attack. It's better to be secure than have to fight a cyberattack.

Why you need security configuration management

Vulnerability Manager Plus' security configuration management enables organizations to eliminate misconfigurations by adhering to a recommended set of security settings that proactively harden systems and minimize the attack vectors hackers use to gain access to a computer or network server. Eliminating misconfigurations not only improve cyber resilience but also improve operational efficiency.

Preventing misconfigurations is easy with Vulnerability Manager Plus

To err is human, but to detect misconfigurations and bring it back to compliance is the job of Vulnerability Manager Plus. Vulnerability Manager Plus brings you unparalleled visibility across all of your systems through a single interface. It delivers details on network operation issues that might arise due to configuration modifications. This helps you safely alter security configurations without impeding critical business operations

security misconfiguration

Vulnerability Manager Plus helps you detect and resolve misconfigurations in the following components of Windows systems and servers:

Audit firewall

A firewall misconfiguration can fail to prevent unsecure traffic from penetrating an endpoint in your network. With security configuration management, you can check whether a built-in windows firewall is enabled or a third-party firewall is present. You can also ensure connections are blocked in the firewall to the NetBIOS trio, the infamous WannaCry abettor port 445, and other vulnerable ports that allow unauthorized and unintended actions.

Render passwords uncrackable

Weak passwords are the most common security misconfiguration that plagues the enterprises quite often. "The longer the password, the stronger it is" no longer applies. Attackers are constantly developing new strategies, such as purchasing credentials used in previous breaches to launch password-based brute force and dictionary attacks. Moreover, 62 percent of users admit reusing a password. Besides enforcing long passwords, you can make users adhere to a mix of predefined password policies such as password complexity, minimum password age, maximum password age, how many unique passwords that must be used before old passwords can be reused.

BitLocker encryption

Not protecting your disk volumes can lead to data breaches. You can ensure that BitLocker encryption is enabled to encrypt entire disk volumes to prevent unauthorized access to disks and exfiltration.

Manage network shares

It's important to monitor and have control over what you share within your network. Ransomware and other malware can easily identify and spread to the computers that have shared folders with write permissions from a compromised computer. Gaining details on which folder shares and default admin shares are enabled helps you eliminate network share misconfigurations.

Lockout and logon security

Vulnerability Manager Plus allows you to ensure secure logon is enabled, and that sensitive details are not displayed at the lock screen. This helps you enforce account lockout duration, account lockout threshold, and reset lockout counter after policies from a centralized location to prevent brute-force attacks.

Manage user rights and privileges

Removing users' admin rights could resolve 94 percent of all critical Microsoft vulnerabilities, according to a recent study. Security configuration management enables you to revoke user rights to unintended users, enforce least privilege, and ensure admin accounts are not displayed during elevation, thereby enhancing endpoint security.

User account management

Identify and disable default built-in accounts, such as guests, built-in administrator, and other local admin accounts that serve as an easy target for brute-force attacks.

OS security hardening

OS security hardening establishes a miscellaneous set of security configurations, such as disabling autoplay for devices and restricting autorun commands. You need to make sure memory protection settings, logon authentication settings, Structured Exception Handling Overwrite Protection (SEHOP), Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and other security settings are configured appropriately for the OS.

Prevent browser-based attacks

Certain browser misconfigurations, such as firewall traversal from remote host, geolocation tracking, allowing unsecure plugins, and enabling users to bypass smartscreen warnings can lead to browser-based attacks. With Vulnerability Manager Plus to eliminate browser misconfigurations, you can enable safe browsing, restrict unsecure plugins, deploy browser updates, and implement other safe browser security settings quickly and efficiently.

Disable legacy protocols

Legacy protocols, such as Telnet, SMB (Server Message Block), SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), TFTP (Trivial File transfer Protocol), and other legacy protocols might reveal system configuration information, provide unintended access to remote hackers, and pave the way for denial of service attacks. You can find out devices in which these protocols are enabled, and put an end to them quickly.

It is imperative that you take proactive measures to avoid becoming a cyberattack victim. Download a 30-day, free trial of Vulnerability Manager Plus now to establish a secure foundation and thwart rogue hackers.