Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Standardization

Just a topic that was brought up earlier this week. Standardization of equipment and software across an enterprise allows that organization to operate more smoothly and (usually) more securely. However, many organizations forget that this is a "horizontal" rule but NOT a "vertical" rule. For example, all workstations should use the same make/model computer with the same version/patch level OS and configuration. However, the you should not be using the same hardware/software/configuration on your servers and perimeter equipment. You'd be amazed at the number of people that don't "get" this.