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Mastering Windows Security and Hardening

By : Mark Dunkerley, Matt Tumbarello
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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


In this chapter, we covered how to secure Windows Server. First, we reviewed different installation options for Windows Server and looked at security enhancements with Windows Server 2019. In the next section, we discussed different server roles and features and highlighted specific roles that could be used as part of your security strategy. Then, we moved on and look at the installation of WSUS on a Windows Server Core installation.

In the next section, we covered Windows updates and how to manage and deploy them using WSUS and Azure Update Management. Then, we reviewed threat protection with Microsoft Defender ATP – specifically, how to onboard your Windows server machines to the ATP service. Afterward, we discussed hardening Windows server and walked through implementing a baseline, reviewed CIS benchmark configurations for Microsoft defaults, and discussed enabling Azure Disk Encryption. Finally, we covered how to deploy a Windows Defender Application Control...