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Microsoft Security Assessment Tool

Published on: 8/16/2014
Topic: Web Application Security
The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) is a risk-assessment application designed to provide information and recommendations about best practices for security within an information technology (IT) infrastructure.

Overview

he Microsoft Security Assessment Tool is the revised version Microsoft Security Risk Self-Assessment Tool (MSRSAT) and the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 2.0.

There are two assessments that define the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool:

- Business Risk Profile Assessment
- Defense in Depth Assessment

The questions identified in the survey portion of the tool and the associated answers are derived from commonly accepted best practices around security, both general and specific. The questions and the recommendations that the tool offers are based on standards such as ISO 17799 and NIST-800.x, as well as recommendations and prescriptive guidance from Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group and additional security resources valued in the industry.

After completing an Assessment, you will gain access to a detailed report of your results. You may also compare your results with those of your peers (by industry and company size), provided that you upload your results anonymously to the secure MSAT Web server. When you upload your data the application will simultaneously retrieve the most recent data available.

System requirements


Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Vista 64-bit Editions Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition, Windows XP Service Pack 2

Windows 2000 Professional Edition; Windows Vista; Windows XP Professional Edition SP2, Windows 7
.NET Framework Version 3.5
Internet Explorer 6.0
SQL Server CE 3.5
You should have the latest service packs installed for your operating system and browser.

The MSAT does not require an Internet connection for you to use it. But to upload your results and to check for updates, you will need an Internet connection.

Click here to start download from Microsoft website.


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