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Windows Vista: Security and Protection

Updated: March 18, 2009

Applies To: Windows Vista

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This collection contains detailed information about security products and features for the IT professional to design, deploy, and maintain Windows Vista. If you need help and how-to information for using Windows Vista at home, see Windows Help and How-to.

Threats and Vulnerabilities Mitigation

Features and technologies that provide layered defenses against malicious software threats and intrusions through a strategy of prevention, isolation, and recovery.

Threats and Vulnerabilities Mitigation provides in-depth information about the following technologies:

  • Controlling Communication with the Internet

  • Internet Explorer Security

  • Microsoft Forefront

  • Network Access Protection

  • User Account Control

  • Windows Defender

  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Secure Configuration Assessment and Management

Tools to administer security throughout a layered defense and manage ongoing threats.

Secure Configuration Assessment and Management provides in-depth information about the following technologies:

  • Authorization Manager

  • Group Policy

  • Security Auditing

  • Security Policies

  • Software Restriction Policies

  • WMI Scripting for Security

Identity Management and Access Control

Features and technologies that provide a central way of managing credentials and technologies to allow only legitimate users access to devices, applications, and data.

Identity Management and Access Control provides in-depth information about the following technologies:

  • Access Control and Authorization

  • Identity and Authentication

Information Protection

Features and technologies that provide ways of securing information and technologies to allow only legitimate users access to devices, applications, and data.

Information Protection provides in-depth information about the following technologies:

  • Active Directory Rights Management Services

  • Backup and Restore

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption

  • Encrypting File System

  • Public Key Infrastructure

  • Trusted Platform Module

Security Tools

Security Tools provides information about tools that can be used to administer security throughout a layered defense.

Additional Resources

See Also

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