Security+ Objective 1.3 Implement OS hardening practices and procedures to achieve workstation and server security – Security Templates

Templates were traditionally used to paint shapes or letters that were all identical. Essentially, you could create one stencil that says “STOP” and paint it at every intersection in town. Every “STOP” in town would be uniform and look nice.
Security templates serve a similar purpose. They allow an administrator to apply uniform security settings to every system in an organization. When there is a corporate policy that defines the security configuration of systems, a template is a great way to make every system comply. If an organization purchases a large number of new computers, templates allow them all to be easily secured.
Administrators can also utilize user account templates to easily grant proper permissions to new users. For example, you could create a user named “new accounting user” and place it in all of the appropriate security groups to grant permissions for a typical accountant in your organization. Whenever a new accountant comes on board, you copy the “new accounting user” profile, put the new accountants name on it and they already have all the permissions they need. This will make sure that all accountants are granted identical permissions that comply with corporate policy.

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