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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

Windows Server versions

This book focuses on Windows Server 2016 and 2019. Most versions of Windows Server 2012 are under support until 2023, and support for Windows Server 2008 versions has ended. It is important to be familiar with the Microsoft life cycle of your server's OSes. The following URL provides the most current Window server release information: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/windows-server-release-info

To view the life cycle for a specific Windows server version, go to this link:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/1163

Important note

Microsoft also has a Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) option, in addition to a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC). The SAC version releases feature updates twice a year to allow customers to adopt changes faster. The latest SAC version, at the time of writing, is Windows server version 1909.

Windows Server 2019 has Standard and Datacenter versions. The Datacenter version provides...