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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

Chapter 7: Identity and Access Management

In this chapter, we will be reviewing identity and access management in depth, as well as their importance within an enterprise today. With the shift to a decentralized user environment and everything moving to the cloud, identity has become extremely critical and the need to protect our user identities has never been more important. Since users can now access their corporate information from anywhere over the internet, a simple breach of their identity could allow an intruder to log in and access the user's information and any data they have access to within the environment. Because of this, we need to revisit the traditional method of using a username and password and add enhanced protection to our identity and access model, which will be covered in more detail in this chapter.

In today's world, the use of passwords is becoming obsolete. Because of ongoing major breaches and the advancement of technology, our passwords have most...