User Application Hardening
While useful for many business operations, applications like Flash, Java, Adobe Acrobat and certain features in Microsoft Office (e.g. OLE), can allow malware or intruders to enter your network. Disabling these applications and blocking online ads can remove any opportunity for adversaries to exploit these potentially disruptive tools. If your organisation uses these applications, you can restrict which users may access them.
In the SECMON1 blog post ‘Security Overview – Information Security Essentials’, we spoke about what application hardening is and why it is an essential security measure.
In this document we are going to provide some basic application hardening steps and provide you with some interesting and important links where you can educate yourself further on this topic and discuss other available options.