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‫ Web Browser Security Revisited (Part 5)-part two

 Number: IRCAR201411239

Date: 2014/11/09
 
Introduction
In this article, we’ll look specifically at the special features Google provides for enterprise administrators with its Chrome for Business.
 
Administrative Templates
There are ADM and ADMX templates available to download from Google.
The procedure for importing the templates depends on whether you’re using the ADM or ADMX versions. To import ADM templates:
  1. Go to Start | Run and type gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor console
  2. In the left pane, navigate to Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates and right click
  3. Select Add/Remove Templates
  4. In the wizard, add chrome.adm
  5. A Google / Chrome folder should appear in the Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates folder
To import ADMX templates:
  1. Copy the chrome.admx file to the following folder: %SystemRoot%\PolicyDefinitions
  2. Copy the appropriate language folders (e.g. en-US) to the same folder
  3. A Google / Chrome folder should appear in the Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates folder
Chrome for Business on Linux and Mac
To deploy Chrome (or Chromium) on Linux, you can set up two types of policies. Those in the /etc/opt/chrome/policies/managed directory will be mandatory for users. Those in the /etc/opt/chrome/policies/recommended directory will be available and recommended but not required. You’ll need to set permissions on the files to ensure that users can’t overwrite your policies.
To deploy Chrome or Chromium on a Macintosh network, you need to install the Server Admin Tools for your version of OS X, then connect to the machine in the Workgroup Manager with an administrative account. Select a user, click Preferences | Details and check to see whether Chrome is listed as an application that you can manage. If not, you’ll need to add it to the list. To add a new policy, click New Key, then New Item, and select the desired value for the policy.
Understanding policies and policy settings
To find out which Chrome policies have been enabled and applied to a machine, open the Chrome browser and type chrome://policy in the address bar. The policies currently applied will be listed.
Note that you can set policies for devices as well as for users. Those that are set for the current user will say either “Device” or “Machine”.
Machine policies take precedence over other types of policies and apply to all users of the machine or device. User policies are applied to specific users when the user logs onto the computer (Windows and Mac), and take precedence over profile policies. Chrome profile policies are set by administrators via the admin console (not via a Group Policy Object). If the policies at different levels are in conflict, the “higher ranking” policy takes effect.
Summary
Google’s Chrome for Business allows you to control Chrome browser settings via Group Policy, the same way you can control Internet Explorer settings. This makes it easier to deploy and manage Chrome in an enterprise setting. In Part 6, we’ll look at how to best configure Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera for the most secure browsing experience.
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