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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

Chapter 3: Server Infrastructure Management

The data center is constantly evolving and services traditionally used by hosting servers in physical data centers are now virtualized and using serverless computing models in the cloud. No matter how your infrastructure is deployed or what infrastructure is used, each presents a unique security challenge for an organization. In this chapter, we will provide an overview of the data center and cloud models as they exist today. We will discuss security access strategies for Windows servers as they are relevant to all infrastructure models to ensure not just anyone can access Windows without going through the proper access controls. You will learn about the available management tools used for on-premises, hybrid, and cloud deployments, as well as how to leverage Azure services to expand your data center reach to the cloud. Then, we will provide an overview of the Azure services that are used to manage Windows servers, including the Azure portal...