In October of last year, I announced the release of Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 security baselines.  These recommendations were brought to you as part of the Security Compliance Management Toolkit (SCMT) Series from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team.
The security experts on the Solution Accelerators team have kept that momentum alive—they’ve been working with government agencies, IT security pros, and other Microsoft security experts to develop a new tool called the Security Compliance Manager
In short, the Security Compliance Manager is designed to help IT pros—like yourself—accelerate knowledge to merge best practices, customize once to centralize decision making, and export to multiple formats to enable monitoring, verification, and compliance.
What does that really mean?
The Security Compliance Manager will help you accelerate knowledge to merge best practices, customize once to centralize decision making, and export to multiple formats to enable monitoring, verification, and compliance. The tool is designed to help accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies.
The tool will help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, including Windows 7 security baselines, and Microsoft application baselines.. You can access the complete database of Microsoft recommended security settings, customize your baselines, and then choose from multiple formats—including Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs, Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), Microsoft Excel (XLS), or Group Policy objects (GPOs)—to export the baselines to your environment to automate the security baseline compliance verification process. What should you do next?