• Unique new book on least privilege security in Windows

    17 Sep 2010

    I’ve been reading through Russell Smith’s new book Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP and I’ve realized it’s about time for a book on this subject. I’ve covered some of the material in the past including in my recent SearchWinIT.com tip Should Windows users have full administrative rights? and I know there’s content on this topic scattered across various books, articles, etc. but I’ve never seen a book dedicated to the subject. Pretty cool.

    The book gets pretty technical showing various ways to use Group Policy, Software Restriction Policies/AppLocker and so on to really lock down workstations…presumably without it getting in the way of doing business. Speaking of that, to me, the most valuable chapter is Chapter 2: Political and Cultural Challenges for Least Privilege Security. Get over those humps and the technical stuff is a relative piece of cake.

    From what I’ve seen thus far Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP is a solid book from a relatively young, yet promising, publisher (Packt Publishing) on a very important topic for Windows admins these days. You can buy the book on Amazon.com here:

    Here’s a sample chapter from the book:
    Solving Least Privilege Problems with the Application Compatibility Toolkit

    Packt also has an online portal (PacktLib) that allows you search across all of their books.

    Definitely worth checking out.