Guide: Tightening Exchange Server security

Guide: Tightening Exchange Server security

Every administrator, regardless of experience, knows that securing an Exchange Server deployment is critical. After all, what’s the point of having a mechanism to send and receive email if it’s not properly protected from outside hackers, attackers and spammers?

There’s even more expert advice and tips on our Exchange Server security topic page.

To help you best protect your environment, we’ve compiled our best Exchange Server security tools, best practices and other resources. Have a look, there may be several you haven’t thought about yet.

Table of contents:

Don’t overlook these Exchange security vulnerabilities

You may be taking the steps necessary to fully protect Exchange Server from the most commonly known vulnerabilities, but the hard truth remains that many admins underestimate some of the smaller ones. Here are six Exchange security vulnerabilities that should never be overlooked.

Defending Exchange Server 2010 with native security tools

Exchange Server 2010 comes with more built-in security tools than previous versions . Take a few moments to examine the most common Exchange security risks, as well as the native tools that protect against them.

Exchange Server 2010 post-deployment security checklist

So you’ve deployed Exchange 2010, but are you confident in its inherent security? If you’re unsure, make certain you’ve checked off these seven items.

All about Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange

Delve into Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE 2010) and see how it helps defend various Exchange 2010 setups from spam and malware attacks

Custom email filtering with Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange

If you read the previous tip, you know that FPE 2010 helps keep spam and viruses at bay. But did you also know you can also use its custom email filters to enforce corporate email policies? 

Exchange wildcard certificates: Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

Sure, wildcard certificates offer Exchange Server shops flexibility and financial savings, but with those benefits come security risks. Here are some wildcard certificate pros and cons to consider.

Responding to Outlook Web App 2010 security concerns

New and improved features make OWA 2010 more tempting for users, but with increased use comes increased security threats. Fortunately, there are several tactics you can employ to protect your network.

Information Rights Management protection in Exchange 2010 SP1

We can all agree that many organizations send and receive highly sensitive information via email. The problem is, corporate policies alone don’t protect them. That’s where Information Rights Management comes in; find out exactly what IRM does and also how it can aid OWA 2010.

Discussing Exchange Server security risks and vulnerabilities

Knowing which security risks, vulnerabilities and threats can harm your Exchange Server environment is great, but having a plan in place to combat them is even better. Find out what to watch for and exactly what you need to do in this podcast with security expert Kevin Beaver.

Authenticating to Exchange 2010 via NTLM: Smart move or security risk?

Microsoft discontinued NTLM in Exchange 2010 RTM, then brought it back in Exchange 2010 SP1. But questions remain; is it a good way to authenticate to Exchange, and is it a security risk?

Free Exchange add-on enhances native spam filtering

You hate spam right? Of course you do, everyone does. Download this free Exchange Server add-on; it will help you ensure spam stays out of your organization with functionality that isn’t available natively.