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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

Monitoring with Azure Monitor and activity logs

Azure Monitor provides a single place in Azure that can be used to monitor most Azure resources and services. Using telemetry collected from a variety of sources, it provides insights into applications, virtual machines, storage accounts, containers, networks, and more. Virtual machines can be onboarded individually or at scale using Azure Policy. Azure Monitor can provide near-real-time monitoring, which is invaluable for setting up critical alerts and notifications. Through action groups, you can create custom actions that are triggered based on alerts. These actions include email, SMS, push, or voice notifications, custom webhooks, and triggering an Azure Automation runbook for advanced remediation. There are also solutions in Azure Monitor that are prepackaged with the necessary logic to query data and provide rich visualizations and custom dashboards. Dashboards with metrics can be created and shared out to the appropriate teams...