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Seven Deadliest Microsoft Attacks by Naomi Alpern, Mike Borkin, Brian Barber, Rob Kraus

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Second Defensive Layer: Reduce the First-Layer Attack Surface

Reducing the attack surface for Windows means following the basic Windows security precautions that you will find in any security best practice guide. Eliminate or disable all unnecessary applications, services, and network protocols (Minesweeper is not a necessary application on an SQL Server no matter how bored you get waiting for a data-mining query to complete). Rename, disable, and/or delete unnecessary accounts (including the built-in administrator account once you have created an alternative account and assigned it administrator group membership). Limit the user rights, privileges, and group membership of accounts to only what they need to perform the function they are designed ...

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