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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


In this chapter, we provided an overview of the traditional on-premise data center and the most current model available, known as the cloud. Within the cloud model, we covered the three primary services, known as IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, and then finished this section with an overview of the hybrid model. Next, we reviewed secure access management as it relates to both physical and user access to Windows servers and infrastructure. We then covered privileged access models with best practices for secure access management.

The following section covered Windows Server management tools, including Server Manager, Event Viewer, WSUS, and Windows Admin Center. The final section of this chapter moved on to Azure services for managing Windows servers. In this section, we provided details about the Azure portal and Marketplace, Azure RBAC, Azure Resource Manager, Azure Backup, Azure Update Management, and Azure Site Recovery. While we quickly scratched the surface of many available tools...