This Microsoft Office Technology Overview, along with the associated Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), provides the technical security policies, requirements, and implementation details for applying security concepts to Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) applications. The nearly universal presence of systems on the desktops of all levels of staff provides tremendous opportunities for office automation, communication, data sharing, and collaboration. Unfortunately, this presence also brings about dependence and vulnerabilities. Malicious and mischievous forces have attempted to take advantage of the vulnerabilities and dependencies to disrupt the work processes of the Government. Compounding this problem is the fact that the vendors of software applications have not expended sufficient effort to provide strong security in their applications. Where applications do offer security options, the default settings typically do not provide a strong security posture.
Developed for the DOD. This checklist has been created for IT professionals, particularly Windows system administrators and information security personnel. The document assumes that the reader has experience installing and administering applications on Windows-based systems in domain or standalone configurations.
DOD Directive 8500.1
Version 1, Release 2 Benchmark - 05 August 2015
Updated status from "under review" to "final" - 22 June 2015
Benchmark - Version 1, Release 1 - 18 May 2015
Changed status from "under review" to "final" - 11 September 2015
Updated URL to reflect change to the DISA website - http --> https
corrected resource title - 1/24/2018
updated to v1,r6- 4/25/18
corrected resource title - 5/24/18
updated to FINAL - 6/22/18
Added GPOs - 8/6/18
Updated to FINAL - 9/6/2018
Updated to Version 1, Release 7 - 10/25/18
NIST checklist record last modified on 10/25/2018