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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

Incorporating change management

We won't go into detail about change management, but it is critical that you understand the importance of change management and its place in the overall security program. Your organization most likely has some form of change control process in place today. If not, it is highly recommended and critical that one is enabled to provide a more structured and reliable environment.

The following diagram provides an example of a change flow process that you could implement if you don't already have one in your environment:

Figure 2.2 – The change management flow process

Change management is typically part of a larger program, more specifically around service management. One of the more common frameworks to help with change management is Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).


To learn more about ITIL, go to

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