The NSA Information Assurance Directorate collaborates with operating system vendors and the security community to develop consensus-based security guidance. This guidance may be issued by IAD or by the vendor.
IAD recommends using the latest version of any operating system, as these implement security features which protect against modern attacks.
Apple iOS and OS X
Microsoft Windows Applications
The following resources provide security guidance for specific features or applications in Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
The following resources provide security guidance for Windows operating systems such as Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 lack critical security features and are near the end of their extended support lifecycle.
Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jan 8, 2014 | Last Reviewed: Jan 8, 2014