Microsoft is scheduled to release a software tool and documentation that helps businesses to better tweak the security settings of Office 2007.
The programme offers detailed documentation of the security settings in Office 2007, as well as a free Group Policy Object Accelerator that allows administrators to change and set security policies across users through Active Directory.
While previous versions of Microsoft Office allowed users to apply broad ranging security settings, Office 2007 introduced features that can be controlled at a granular level. The application offers 1,500 settings, 300 of which relate to security. In previous versions of Office, administrators could enable or disable macros. Macros are considered a potential security risk, but many firms rely on them to automate tasks.
Office 2007 therefore supports trusted folders, where administrators can place documents that are pre-approved to be used by macros. Another option is to allow macros in Excel only, or for employees in a certain group.
Administrators or security architects can also block access to certain web services. Office 2007 offers an automated translation tool that relies on internet access, for example, and could be perceived as privacy risk.