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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

Microsoft Defender Security Center

The Microsoft Defender Security Center portal is used to investigate and monitor threats directly impacting your Windows devices. To log in to Defender Security Center, visit

Security Center is useful for SOC teams to monitor, track, and respond to security threats using multiple analysis dashboards, automated investigations, real-time remediation actions, and threat-tracking with an incident management system. The landing page after logging in to Security Center takes you to the Security Operations dashboard. This dashboard provides a high-level overview for the SOC analyst to quickly explore active alerts, investigations, workstations, and users at risk over the last 30 days. The left column in the portal includes the navigation links to all the features of the ATP service. For more information about the Security Center portal, visit the official Microsoft Docs page at