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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


Throughout this chapter, we have provided an overview of baselining to help you understand its importance and its role within the overall security program. You have learned about policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines, as well as their importance as part of your overall security strategy. We also looked at how these policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines interact with and build on each other to structure the baseline model. We then covered the change management process with regard to baseline management.

Finally, we reviewed frameworks and their role within the security function of your organization, discussing the more widely adopted frameworks that are implemented. Following this section was an overview of the baseline controls that are available for Windows. These options include CIS and the Windows security baselines, as well as directions on where to retrieve predefined templates, configurations, and images before outlining the best practices of baselining...