Professional Windows Desktop and Server Hardening

Professional Windows Desktop and Server Hardening

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Shows how to improve Windows desktop and server security by configuring default security before installing off-the-shelf security products
Educates readers about the most significant security threats, building the ultimate defense, operating system hardening, application security, and automating security
As a security consultant, the author has an impressive record-of his clients, not one who followed his recommendations has suffered a virus, worm, Trojan, or successful hacker attack in the past five years
The companion Web site includes author-created custom security templates and group policies that will automate advice given in the book
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Product details

  • Paperback | 604 pages
  • 189 x 234 x 30mm | 1,096g
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0764599909
  • 9780764599903
  • 2,346,367

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Today's uber viruses, worms, and trojans may seem more damagingthan ever, but the attacking malware and malicious hackers areusing the same tricks they always have. With this book, MicrosoftMVP Roger Grimes exposes the real threat to Windows computers andoffers practical guidance to secure those systems.

Grimes shares proven yet unconventional defenses that mostWindows administrators don't use. He walks you step-by-step throughthese techniques, clearly showing you how to secure your Windowsoperating system beyond the Microsoft defaults. You'll get securityadvice for Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, in addition toemerging technologies from Microsoft. Plus, the book detailshundreds of group policy settings and the best way to apply grouppolicy objects. Ultimately, you'll discover how to hardenMicrosoft's most commonly attacked applications while automatingall of your security settings.

What you will learn from this book

How Windows desktop and server security can be dramaticallyimproved by configuring default securityWays to enhance authentication and prevent passwordcrackersTechniques for stopping unauthorized application installationor executionTips for defending against the biggest e-mail securitythreatsHow to achieve seamless and secure file encryptionSteps to create customized security and administrativetemplatesHow Internet Explorer functions behind the scenes and therecommended configuration

Who this book is for

This book is for Microsoft Windows administrators who need tosignificantly increase the security of their clients and serversusing the best methods available.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written byworking programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, theyaddress the issues technology professionals face every day. Theyprovide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in newtechnologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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Table of contents


Part I: The Basics in Depth.

Chapter 1: Windows Attacks.

Chapter 2: Conventional and Unconventional Defenses.

Chapter 3: NTFS Permissions 101.

Part II: OS Hardening.

Chapter 4: Preventing Password Crackers.

Chapter 5: Protecting High-Risk Files.

Chapter 6: Protecting High-Risk Registry Entries.

Chapter 7: Tightening Services.

Chapter 8: Using IPSec.

Part III: Application Security.

Chapter 9: Stopping Unauthorized Execution.

Chapter 10: Securing Internet Explorer.

Chapter 11: Protecting E-mail.

Chapter 12: IIS Security.

Chapter 13: Using Encrypting File System.

Part IV: Automating Security.

Chapter 14: Group Policy Explained.

Chapter 15: Designing a Secure Active Directory Infrastructure.

Book Summary.

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About Roger A. Grimes

Roger A. Grimes (CPA, CISSP, MCSE: Security, MVP, CEH, CHFI, TICSA) is a 20-year computer security consultant, writer, and teacher. He has written over a 150 national magazine articles on computer security, and this is his fifth book on Microsoft Windows security. He has consulted for many of the world's best-known enterprises (including McAfee, Microsoft, Verisign, and IBM), multiple universities, cities and school systems, plus every branch of the U.S. armed forces. He is currently a highly rated instructor teaching Windows and Linux security in Foundstone's Ultimate Hacking classes. He has presented at many of the industry's largest conferences, including MCP TechMentor, Windows Connections, and SANS. He was a contributing editor for
Windows IT Pro magazine, and is the security columnist for
InfoWorld magazine. He has written several advanced security courses, including for Microsoft. He is a three-year recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award, and was the creator and team leader of the successful contest.
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