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June 2009

Strategies for securing SharePoint in Windows

When it comes to securing SharePoint Server, decisions are best made during the planning stages of SharePoint deployment because it's difficult to retroactively apply security policies. When formulating security strategies, focus on three key areas: access control, application security and content security.  Practical compromise through access control The main way to secure SharePoint is through access control. SharePoint allows users to create and manage their own groups, but there are ways to control them. The IT department can create Active Directory roles within SharePoint groups so only those authorized to use AD management tools can grant and change access permissions.  Centralized access management leads to greater control and more efficiency, but it also slows down users when they are creating their own structures and granting access to them. A practical compromise is to control access to top-level department sites and enterprise-wide sites from Active Directory and IT but to have areas in SharePoint where users can ...

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