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New Tools Strengthen Windows Server Security

Two Microsoft ISVs launched security applications for Windows Server aimed at restricting user access and permissions to files, folder and system resources.

In an era of heightened security worries, ScriptLogic, Boca Raton, Fla., and DesktopStandard (formerly AutoProf), Portsmouth, N.H., have stepped up with new offerings for Windows Server 2000/2003 that enable administrators and partners to limit access privileges and permissions on a more granular basis.

ScriptLogic's Cloak, which began shipping earlier this month, enhances enterprise security by allowing companies to conceal secured files and folders on Windows Server NT File System (NTFS) volumes. It also provides a more accurate auditing of the file system for administrators.

Once Cloak is installed on the server, users will only see the folders and files they have permission to access from their Windows desktop or thin client. The software does not require desktop configuration changes to individual desktops or installation of agents onto desktops, the company said.

Cloak is useful for companies in industries under increased scrutiny for security practices, such as financial, government and health-care services, and for companies migrating from Unix or NetWare to Windows Server, solution providers say.

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