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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

Device management evolution

Using a device management model, many large organizations have adopted Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM), formally known as System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which has been the standard for many years. Configuration Manager is a fully mature device management solution also used for image building and deployment. To operate effectively, an Configuration Manager hierarchy requires resources and the deployment of infrastructure either on-premises or in IaaS. As new PC hardware is purchased and new Windows builds are released, a lengthy and complex life cycle process to support the new requirements typically follows. This traditional model can make organizations less agile regarding staying up to date with the latest updates and security trends. Recently, we have seen disruption to this model and a shift that is changing the dynamics of device management. Throughout the book, we may refer to Configuration Manager as MECM, SCCM, and ConfigMgr...