System Hardening

System hardening is the process of securely configuring computer systems, to eliminate as many security risks as possible. The CIS Security Benchmarks below offer guidance on secure configurations and hardening procedures, beyond those required by the BSD Minimum Security Standards. Adherence to these guidelines is an essential safeguard for the protection of electronic university data and systems.

See BSD Center for Internet Security for our FAQs and more information about CIS Security Benchmarks.

Note: The ISO is in the process of reviewing the CIS lists for the most common used systems and creating BSD security hardening lists with a particular focus on configuration issues that are unique to the computing environment at The University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division. BSD specific security checklists will be available online in 2015.

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Database Servers:

Web Servers: