Resources for Security

Check out these links for additional information on security.

WS-Security specification

XML Encryption specification

XML Digital Signature specification

Find out more about Canonical XML

The WSE is available for free at

"Programming with Web Services 2.0," by Matt Powell (MSDN, May 2004) is good article on programming with the WSE

Find out more about creating and using custom SOAP extensions in .NET

Learn more about creating and using custom attributes in .NET

Liberty Alliance






"Chapter 8: Managing Enterprise Security" in Windows Server 2003: Best Practices for Enterprise Deployments, by Danielle Ruest and Nelson Ruest (McGraw-Hill Osborne, 2003; ISBN: 007222343X)

Windows Server 2003 Pocket Administrator, by Nelson Ruest and Danielle Ruest (McGraw-Hill Osborne, 2003; ISBN: 0072229772)

The SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security (SANS) Institute

Microsoft security bulletins

Microsoft security information for home users

Microsoft security information for system administrators

Tripwire change management software

The Electronic Information Privacy Center


Privacy International

Consumer Privacy Information Center

Microsoft Systems Architecture Guide for Windows Server 2003
To obtain a copy of the MSA version 2.0 CD, write to

Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004

Wi-Fi Alliance

Overview of the WPA Wireless Security Update in Windows XP

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Security Guide

Daily Activity Log from the Windows Server 2003 Pocket Administrator, by Danielle Ruest and Nelson Ruest (you must log in to get access to the Activity Log)

Shavlik Software Patch Management Return on Investment white paper
HFNetChkPro Return on Investment calculator

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

InstallShield Patch Impact Manager


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