A hardened approach to system security
Source: Computer World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Server Security Primarily a Windows article, but good general security ideas as well. "Glenn Phillips, president of Pelham, Ala.-based Forté, says that the dedicated Windows workstations his company sells to hospital emergency room administrators must not only be secure, but absolutely tamperproof as well. After all, lives depend on the machines' flawless operation." Forté's applications show emergency medical technicians the emergency room's current availability status, "so our software must be the program that is always running," Phillips says. "We cannot have anyone closing our program, adding games, changing Windows settings and so on."

Phillips and others who need to create highly secure workstations or servers are turning to hardening to create a virtual steel wall against intruders. The hardening process involves removing nonessential tools and utilities from an operating system or application, any of which could be used to help an attacker gain unauthorized access to system settings or data.

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