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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

Chapter 10: Keeping Your Windows Server Secure

Throughout this chapter, you will learn about the best practices and tools that you can use to keep your Windows server secure. As mentioned in Chapter 9, Keeping Your Windows Client Secure, this chapter will cover the core of what this book is about but for your Windows servers. Directly securing and hardening your Windows server OSes where your data, services, and applications live is a very important task. A breach of a server could lead to significant damage to your organization.

Your Windows servers serve as the core of your data and the applications for your users and customers. Protecting them requires well-defined standards and ongoing maintenance to ensure they stay protected. With Windows server, there are many built-in roles and features that allow additional functionality for your environment. Ensuring these are hardened is also just as critical. As a standard rule, none of your servers should be web-facing unless they are...