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Mastering Windows Security and Hardening

By : Mark Dunkerley, Matt Tumbarello
Book Image

Mastering Windows Security and Hardening

By: Mark Dunkerley, Matt Tumbarello

Overview of this book

Are you looking for effective ways to protect Windows-based systems from being compromised by unauthorized users? Mastering Windows Security and Hardening is a detailed guide that helps you gain expertise when implementing efficient security measures and creating robust defense solutions. We will begin with an introduction to Windows security fundamentals, baselining, and the importance of building a baseline for an organization. As you advance, you will learn how to effectively secure and harden your Windows-based system, protect identities, and even manage access. In the concluding chapters, the book will take you through testing, monitoring, and security operations. In addition to this, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to ensure compliance and continuous monitoring through security operations. By the end of this book, you’ll have developed a full understanding of the processes and tools involved in securing and hardening your Windows environment.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
1
Section 1: Getting Started
6
Section 2: Applying Security and Hardening
13
Section 3: Protecting, Detecting, and Responding for Windows Environments

Connecting securely to servers remotely

There should be extra attention paid when setting up and configuring remote access to your environment. Remote access should be very strategic and the footprint extremely small. Access to your environment directly over the internet should be limited. This exposure poses significant risks and could easily allow an attacker to gain access to your servers. Ensure your standards cover a secure and locked-down remote management strategy, and limit or eliminate internet access to your servers. This section will provide more detail about several tools that you can use to enforce a secure remote access policy.

Remote management and support tools

Remote management is a critical task that is used to support both your end users and the infrastructure within your environment. There are many methods available to remotely manage and access your environment. Your support desk will have some form of remote management tools in place to access end user devices...