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The year's top 10 security news and tips

With increasing security threats, IT pros are always looking for ways to increase desktop protection. Find out which 10 security stories of 2011 were most popular among readers.

Windows desktop security in the enterprise was still a key area of interest to our readers throughout 2011. IT professionals consistently followed our experts' articles on passwords, protecting endpoint devices and more. Microsoft software such as BitLocker and MDOP were also popular topics this year. Here's a countdown of the year's top 10 most popular security-related news and tips.

10. Is your enterprise protected from advanced persistent threats?
Advanced persistent threats are just one example of the modern malware that is becoming an increased threat to enterprise security. But early prevention can hinder the effects.

9. Security considerations for Windows Phone 7
Don't assume that Microsoft's security updates will keep your Windows 7 desktops safe. Third-party patching products may be a better option.

8. Enterprise password protection checklist
Everyone should know by now that passwords are often the weakest link in enterprise security. Here's a password protection checklist for both end users and IT managers.

7. Application security gets a tuneup in Windows 7
Enterprise application security made headway in Windows 7 with Microsoft AppLocker, a clear-cut alternative to Software Restriction Policies.

6. Endpoint security may not keep your enterprise safe
Endpoint protection isn't everything. It's more important to prevent attacks in the first place.

5. Software prevents online bank fraud, blocks phishing attacks
It's hard to find good anti-phishing software for end points. Our expert likes one tool that bulks up online security and protects end users and banks alike.

4. Common whole-disk encryption configuration weaknesses
Whole-disk encryption can leave you with a false sense of security. See which common configuration weaknesses can spell disaster for your enterprise.

3. MDOP 2011 R2 brings new security, management tools
The Microsoft BitLocker administration tool in Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2011 R2 helps IT pros manage encryption policies. MDOP 2011 R2 also includes Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit and Asset Inventory Service updates.

2. Ten most common enterprise security mistakes that admins still make
Securing an enterprise is a never-ending task for desktop administrators, but many are still making the same security blunders that have caused trouble in the past.

1. Why aren't you using Metasploit to expose Windows vulnerabilities?
Many enterprise IT shops run vulnerability scans, pronounce systems at risk and leave it at that. Metasploit can help you find Windows flaws and demonstrate the value of security.

Desktop security considerations were a high priority for IT pros this past year, and next year is likely to be no different. The development of new or improved software brings new security concerns, and even more mobile devices will make their way into the enterprise. Check back with in 2012 for more security news, tips and guides.

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