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Summary of Security Hardening

This hardening guide includes the following areas:

  1. Patching & Maintenance – Strategies to perform regular checks for security updates and patches to mitigate risks in the operating system and software in a timely manner.

  2. Physical Access Controls – Steps to make the OS X host resilient to an attacker with physical console access.

  3. Keychain – Securing the central authentication repository, or keychain, to reduce the risk of unauthorized access.

  4. Data Encryption – Use of user and disk-based encryption to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data, and to provide organizational escrow to that data.

  5. Antivirus Solutions – Solutions to mitigate the risk of viruses or other malware affecting OS X hosts.

  6. Controlling Administrative Access – An explanation of administrative privilege under OS X and how best to secure access.

  7. Firewall – Details of the provided firewall and how to use its full functionality.

  8. Network Services – Information about the available services and how to deploy them securely.

  9. File Sharing – How to share files securely.

  10. Intrusion Detection System (IDS) – Available host based, and network based IDS solutions.

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