The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 3.0 can be downloaded at the company's Web site.
The tool asks IT managers to fill out an assessment of their environment. They then receive a report of the results. The findings can be uploaded to a secure server anonymously so IT managers can compare their results with those from other shops across the industry. Microsoft said the results are kept confidential.
The tool requires Windows 2000 Professional Edition, Windows Vista or Windows XP Professional Edition. Also needed are .NET 2.0 and Internet Explorer 6.0.