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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)
1
Section 1: Getting Started
6
Section 2: Applying Security and Hardening
13
Section 3: Protecting, Detecting, and Responding for Windows Environments

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager or System Center Configuration Manager is a world-class enterprise device management solution for workstations, laptops, and Windows servers. Its robust set of tools and centralized management are invaluable for ensuring device security and configurations are compliant. It is highly scalable and can deploy not only operating systems, but can control the application life cycle, as well as managing security updates, security baselines, antivirus, telemetry, and compliance policies with a robust set of reporting built in.

The Configuration Manager infrastructure is typically a hierarchy of servers with different configured roles and consists of a Central Administration Site (CAS) with additional primary or secondary sites based on the organization's scale. Depending on the size and geolocation of users and devices, there may also be multiple management points and distribution points for hosting...