Are you looking for a way to check the status of your system hardening? Do you want to apply hardening automatically to a large number of systems or on a role-based basis? Then use these hardening tools.
What do system hardening programs do?
With special hardening software, you can perform a check of how well your Windows / Windows Server systems are currently hardened. A very easy-to-use audit tool creates transparent reports and shows where there are configuration optimizations. In addition, the hardening tools support you in the secure configuration of your systems (OS and applications).
The range extends from hardening tools for standalone systems that focus only on the Microsoft operating system (e.g. Windows 10 and Windows Server) to comprehensive management tools that also securely configure or harden older Windows versions and applications.
AuditTAP: The free tool for hardening audits
The AuditTAP is best suited for a quick check of your systems. The software, which is available under the BSD3 license (open source), can be used in many ways.
On the one hand, the Windows and Linux tool can be used to check the security-relevant settings of individual applications such as browsers and office programs. On the other hand, you have the possibility to subject Windows 10, Windows 11 and also various Windows Server systems to a hardening audit without spending a lot of time.
How to easily download the AuditTAP and start it Powershell-based, you can see in this tutorial video:
EnforceTAP: The Windows hardening tool for single-user hardening
Like the AuditTAP, the EnforceTAP addresses individual IT systems. In contrast to the AuditTAP, however, no audit report is prepared; instead, system hardening is performed according to industry-proven standards. This is based, for example, on the recommendations of Microsoft, CIS, DISA and the BSI.
The EnforceTAP also continuously checks the configuration of the target system automatically – we call this “self-healing”, technically “desired state configuration”.
Since the EnforceTAP comes without management functions and monitoring, it does not require a network connection. This makes it ideal for use on isolated computers, for example in CRITIS environments or kiosk systems. The hardening tool can be purchased individually or as part of the Enforce Suite.
Although the EnforceTAP is best suited for hardening computers with Windows 10 or Windows 11, it can also be used to harden systems with Windows 7, Windows 11, Windows Server 2022 and Windows Server 2019, among others. Just contact us!
Enforce Administrator: Perfect for system hardening in larger environments
Like EnforceTAP, Enforce Administrator is part of the Enforce Suite. The Windows hardening tool is suitable for hardening complex IT landscapes with hundreds or even thousands of IT systems – ideal for large, medium-sized companies and corporations.
Once set up, sustainable system hardening is fully automated. You manage your hardened clients and Windows servers through an easy-to-use dashboard. The Enforce Administrator can be integrated into existing processes via the REST API – making it easy to set up and dismantle complete IT infrastructures automatically; fully hardened and verifiable at any time.
The Enforce Administrator is a no-code tool. As a user, you therefore do not need to program a line of code to perform system hardening. How the so-called #NoCodeHardening works, you will learn in this clip:
Overview: What the Windows (Server) hardening tools do
AuditTAP, EnforceTAP, Enforce Administrator – which program is suitable for which application in the field of system hardening? Our summary gives you a quick overview:
|Preparation of audit reports for individual systems||X||–||X|
|System Hardening||–||Single Systems||Medium-sized and enterprise environments|
|Extensive Compliance Monitoring||–||–||X|
Note: Enforce Suite is a bundle of EnforceTAP and Enforce Administrator, so it has not been listed here.
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