Network vs. applications security groups: How well do they play together?

Securing Windows becomes even more difficult when communications among network and applications security owners are lagging. Find out how four admins handle the disconnect.

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Windows networks and applications are often treated as entirely separate entities. Maybe you have different people maintaining them, maybe the security policies are unique or maybe there's just no budget to support one type of security over another.

Whatever creates the disconnect, the result is usually the same: Without a more complete IT view of Windows security needs, the perimeter will be weakened and there's a good chance you'll have to safeguard your data from more and more security threats.

I recently posed this dilemma to our ITKnowledge Exchange members. I asked how effectively they communicate with different IT groups in their organization, what approaches they take to secure Windows and where their IT loyalties lie (network, applications, etc.).

Some respondents shared their annoyance with the lack of communications among network and applications administrators, while others offered best practices for keeping Windows data secure in spite of what happens at security layers they may not be able to control.

Here are their comments for your consideration:

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This was first published in May 2005

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