Workstation Security Best Practices

The user represents the weakest link in the security chain, whether harm comes to them in the form of malware, social engineering, or simply avoidable mistakes. The workstation represents the digital arm of the user and must be properly and adequately secured to keep the user—and the network—protected.

There a number of best practices involved with securing a workstation. While a checklist could take many pages, depending upon your environment, CompTIA has identified seven that should appear on any roster:

  • Set strong passwords.
  • Require passwords.
  • Restrict user permissions.
  • Change default usernames.
  • Disable the guest account.
  • Make the screensaver require a password.
  • Disable autorun functionality.

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