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Part 7: Security > Office 2003 Security Environment

Chapter 23. Office 2003 Security Environment

Security was a major focus in the development of Microsoft® Office 2003. More emphasis was placed on eliminating security flaws than in any previous release of the Microsoft Office System, which helped to produce our most robust level of security to date. However, administrative and user-level security vulnerabilities can still be exposed by improper configuration of settings and by user methods. This chapter addresses specific security issues an administrator should take into consideration when deploying or maintaining an Office configuration in a corporate setting. Along with this information are suggestions and recommendations for how to limit exposure to attacks and how to manage the security of a deployed installation through security-related policies.

In this chapter:
Overview of Office Security484
Macro Security Levels in Office 2003485
How Office Performs Certificate Revocation487
Working with Trusted Trust Publishers488
ActiveX Controls and Office Security493
Important Aspects of Password and Encryption Protection497
Privacy Options509
Disabling Visual Basic for Applications512
Mitigating Potential Security Threats513



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