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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

Technical requirements

In order to follow along with the overviews in this chapter and complete the how-to instructions, the following requirements are recommended:

  • A Microsoft cloud services account to access the Service Trust portal: https://servicetrust.microsoft.com/
  • An Azure subscription with contributor rights: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/
  • Azure Security Center (free/standard): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-pricing
  • Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (Windows 10 E5/M365 E5): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/microsoft-defender-atp/minimum-requirements
  • An Office 365 ATP Plan 2 license: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/office-365-advanced-threat-protection-service-description

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