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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

Implementing a baseline

Once a direction has been determined on which baseline controls to use within your organization, you need to review the controls and deploy them throughout your organization, as well as build them into your current process moving forward.


If you opt to move forward with CIS benchmarks, you will need to download the checklist and customize them for your specific needs. CIS also has the option of purchasing hardened images to provide an easier deployment.

To download the latest CIS benchmarks, follow these steps:

  1. Open a browser and navigate to
  2. Click on Cybersecurity Tools.
  3. Click on Download under CIS Benchmarks.
  4. Enter the required information, agree to the terms, then click on Get Free Benchmarks Now:

    Figure 2.6 – The CIS Benchmarks download page.

  5. Go to your mailbox and look for an email from CIS (check your Junk email folder too).
  6. Open the email and click on Access PDFs. You will be...