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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

Using Azure services to manage Windows servers

As discussed in the Understanding Windows Server management tools section, Windows Admin Center exposes Azure cloud services that can provide additional benefits for managing Windows servers. It is recommended that you start moving workloads to the cloud not only as part of your digital transformation, but also as a security initiative. Azure Active Directory roles and role-based access control (RBAC) allow for a fine-grained level of access provisioning over the management plane. In the next section, you will learn about the Azure services that are available for managing Windows servers for both IaaS and on-premises deployments. We will cover the following topics:

  • The Azure portal and Marketplace
  • RBAC
  • Azure Resource Manager
  • Azure Backup
  • Azure Update Management
  • Azure Site Recovery

The Azure portal and Marketplace

Simply put, the Azure portal is the user interface that's used to manage resources...