Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Philip Age


This thesis presents a system security process for computer workstations in a university open lab environment, which was developed and implemented for the Lumpkin Hall Computer Labs at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). The system security includes the use of policies and NTFS permissions, registry hacks and script files. These techniques were applied to a mixture of Windows NT 4.0 service pack 6a and Windows 2000 Professional workstations in the Lumpkin Hall Computer Labs. They were then tested for appropriate security setup using a Network Security Checksheet and a survey. The Network Security Checksheet ensured that all of the workstations were configured properly and that the security settings where working properly to protect against known Windows exploits. A survey was used to validate the accessibility to the workstations for students in the School of Business at EIU. This new system security setup has decreased the maintenance workload by approximately 25%.