Take advantage of our tax dollars at work. The National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory Computer Security Division last month published the draft of a document to help IT professionals secure Windows XP systems.The document is \u201cGuidance for Securing Microsoft Windows XP Systems for IT Professionals: A NIST Security Configuration Checklist - Special Publication 800-68\u201d by Murugiah Souppaya, Paul M. Johnson, Karen Kent and Anthony Harris. You can find it at:https:\/\/csrc.nist.gov\/itsec\/guidance_WinXP.html\u201cSP 800-68\u201d comes in a ZIP file with a 147-page PDF file and four template files. The template files offer reference materials and suggested user-profile settings for:* Small-office\/home-office systems (small, informal, stand-alone).* Large enterprises (managed, structured, well-staffed).* High-security systems (at risk of attack or data exposure, critical systems; may be subset of other environments).* Legacy systems (older, outdated communications modalities).SP 800-68 provides (quoting from the executive summary and adding bullets):* Detailed information about the security of Windows XP.* Security configuration guidelines for popular applications.* Security configuration guidelines for the Windows XP operating system.* Methods that system administrators can use to implement each security setting recommended.Chapters include:* Windows XP Security Guide Development* Windows Security Components Overview* Installation, Backup and Patching* Overview of the Windows XP Security Policy Configuration and Templates* NIST Windows XP Template Settings Overview* Additional Windows XP Configuration Guidance* Application Specific Security Configuration GuidanceAppendices include information on the NIST security template settings, information on Windows XP Service Pack 2, Release Candidate 2, commonly used TCP\/IP ports on Windows XP systems, tools, resources and acronyms.