Hardening Guides & Tools

These guidelines and tools are provided to help you securely manage servers and databases that access or maintain sensitive institutional data.

By following the guidance of the CIS-CAT tool and the expectations outlined in the hardening guides, your IT systems will be more resistant to vulnerabilities and threats than a system that has not been secured accordingly.

CIS-CAT for U-M Systems

Information Assurance (IA) recommends that you begin the process of hardening university servers, workstations, or databases by running the Center for Internet Security's Configuration Assessment Tool—CIS-CAT. The tool will scan your system, compare it to a preset benchmark, and then generate a report to help guide further hardening efforts. See CIS-CAT for U-M Systems to get started with the UM-specific version provided by IA.

Hardening Guides for Servers and Databases

The hardening guides are designed to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your systems as well as the services and data stored, processed, or accessed by those systems. Included in the server and database hardening guides are minimum expectations for configuration and management, access and accounts, system monitoring, network connections, and additional hardening steps to consider for your systems