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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

Understanding Windows Network Security

In this section, we will review the core networking functions of Windows 10 and Windows Server. Having familiarity with these components is a must for any security professional when managing and troubleshooting Windows devices. It's also recommended that you apply the baseline recommendations that can be applied to the network and ensure your system is hardened correctly.

Network baselining

Referencing back to Chapter 2, Building a Baseline, you will want to ensure that your network-specific hardening components have been configured based on the recommendations. There are many network-related settings for Windows and implementing the baseline recommendations is the more practical approach compared to building your own standards from scratch. As an example, referencing back to the Microsoft security baseline and the baseline settings within the MS Security Baseline Windows 10 v1909 and Server v1909.xlsx spreadsheet, simply filtering...