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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)
Section 1: Getting Started
Section 2: Applying Security and Hardening
Section 3: Protecting, Detecting, and Responding for Windows Environments

Technical requirements

There are many walk-throughs throughout this chapter that will instruct you on how to enable different types of settings. In order to follow along, you must have an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant configured and administrative rights to manage resources in Azure. You will also need Active Directory Domain Services configured to follow along with the Group Policy guides. In addition, a few services that we cover will require licenses and infrastructure in order to follow the references in this chapter. They include the following:

  • Microsoft Intune License
  • Configuration Manager hierarchy

Let's start by learning how to secure your Windows clients.

Check out the following video to see the Code in Action: