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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

Using MCAS

MCAS is a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB). In short, a CASB is a service and/or tool that can extend your security footprint from on-premises into the cloud and provide better visibility and control over your data across a multitude of services. Additionally, it helps to add visibility through the discovery of shadow IT processes, which is traditionally a challenge for many organizations. One of the major benefits of MCAS is its native and simple integration with Microsoft security technologies. In addition, MCAS also integrates with other cloud providers for visibility into all your combined cloud environments in a single console.

As with any security tool, it will take time to fully configure all the MCAS features, implement your monitoring and policies correctly, and ensure that ongoing maintenance and operations are running efficiently. At a high level, you can set up MCAS relatively quickly to start gaining visibility with your environment. To access MCAS, follow...