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


In this chapter, we started by looking at network security fundamentals and covered the OSI and TCP/IP models, reviewed common ports and protocols, and looked at the important technologies needed to help with network security. Next, we covered Windows network security, which started with network baselining for your Windows devices. This section then covered the Windows 10 network management pane before moving on to securing WLAN/Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VPN, including Microsoft's Always On VPN. The following section covered the Windows Server network management pane, including LAN and Ethernet best practices for your servers, and provided an overview of the server roles and features. The final sections overviewed Hyper-V networking and security before finishing off with network troubleshooting tools.

Following Windows network security, we covered Windows Defender Firewall and Advanced Security, which provided steps you can follow to configure your firewalls with Group...