May 31

How to Do it Yourself: Configure Firewalls and Secure Management Controls on Windows 11

Setting up firewalls and secure management controls is crucial for protecting your business from unauthorized access and cyber threats. This guide will show you how to configure firewalls and secure management controls on Windows 11, aligning with CIS Control 4.8 (Firewall Configuration and Management).


Before you begin, ensure that you:

  • Have a device running Windows 11.
  • Are logged in with an administrator account.

Step 1 — Opening Settings

First, open the Settings app.

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Select the Settings icon (it looks like a gear).

Step 2 — Navigating to Privacy & Security

Next, navigate to the Privacy & Security section.

  1. In the Settings window, click on Privacy & Security in the left-hand menu.

Step 3 — Configuring Windows Firewall

Now, let's set up the Windows Firewall.

  1. Windows Security: Click on Windows Security under the Privacy & Security menu.
  2. Firewall & Network Protection: Click on Firewall & network protection.
  3. Manage Firewall Settings: Ensure the firewall is turned on for all network types (Domain, Private, Public).

Step 4 — Allowing or Blocking Apps

Control which apps can communicate through the firewall.

  1. Allow an App Through Firewall: Click on Allow an app through firewall.
  2. Review App List: Check the list of allowed apps and features. To allow or block an app, click Change settings.
  3. Modify App Permissions: Check or uncheck the boxes next to the app to allow or block it for each network type.

Step 5 — Setting Up Secure Management Controls

Ensure that only authorized users can manage system settings.

  1. User Account Control (UAC): Search for UAC in the Start menu and select Change User Account Control settings.
  2. Adjust UAC Settings: Set the slider to a level that prompts you when changes are made to your computer (recommended level is the second from the top).

Why Firewall Configuration and Secure Management Matter

Configuring firewalls and secure management controls helps protect your business from unauthorized access and cyber threats. These measures are essential for maintaining the integrity and security of your business operations.

Related CIS Control

This step satisfies CIS Control 4.8: Firewall Configuration and Management, which focuses on securing and managing firewalls to reduce vulnerabilities.

By following these steps, you can significantly enhance the security of your Windows 11 systems. Stay tuned for more tips on managing your business's cybersecurity risk effectively.

For more details on securing your business, check out our CyberGuardian Blueprint.


CIS Controls, Cybersecurity, Firewall Configuration, Windows 11 Security

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