Hardening Windows

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Hardening is the process of protecting a system against unknown threats. System administrators harden against that which they think could be a threat. Administrators know the Internet is a hostile environment. Although they can't tell, for example, that a hacker will attempt to gain access to the SQL server next Tuesday, they can bet money there'll be an attempt soon and should "batten down the hatches" in anticipation.

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Overview

Hardening is the process of protecting a system against unknown threats. System administrators harden against that which they think could be a threat. Administrators know the Internet is a hostile environment. Although they can't tell, for example, that a hacker will attempt to gain access to the SQL server next Tuesday, they can bet money there'll be an attempt soon and should "batten down the hatches" in anticipation.

Hardening Windows, Second Edition is the definitive "counterintelligence" guide to performing preventative security measures for the Windows operating system. This second edition covers the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and its new security features, including the Windows Firewall and the Security Center. It also covers Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows Server R2's new Security Configuration Wizard, Windows NT, Windows 2000, branch-office security features, and new setup options. A new chapter has been added on Windows Software Update Services. All chapters have been updated to reflect reader feedback from the first edition. Topics covered include system and group policies, Network Access Quarantine Control, auditing and event logs, IIS, and Exchange.

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You could spend morning ’til night protecting your Windows systems, from now until you retire. But if you'd rather leave some time for other things, read Hardening Windows. In less than 200 pages, Jonathan Hassell distills the massive field of Windows security into a set of practical techniques that deliver the greatest value in the least time.

There are 145 separate techniques here, primarily for Windows XP, 2000, NT, the Internet Information Services web server, and Microsoft Exchange (though some also address Windows Server 2003). Most of these techniques require less than a page to explain. Many -- though, of course, not all -- can be implemented very quickly.

Hassell covers a wide swath: system policies, security templates, passwords, user accounts, the Registry, penetration testing, auditing, event logs, forensic analysis, and more. He also presents substantial coverage of some of Microsoft’s increasingly useful tools, notably Software Update Services and Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer for Windows XP.

Many Windows administrators are still struggling to secure mobile notebooks. Hassell presents a full chapter on Network Access Quarantine Control (NAQC), which enables Windows Server 2003 to limit access to remote users whose notebooks aren’t up-to-date and secure.

The book is realistic about issues like coping with diverse Windows clients. And it’s full of urgent fixes that are easy to miss. (If you’re not careful, Indexing Service might capture angry letters to superiors, love notes to mistresses, secret payroll information -- making them all conveniently searchable.) If it weren’t already useful enough, it even contains quick-reference checklists for everything from policies to auditing. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590595398
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/2/2005
  • Series: The Expert's Voice in Security Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Hassell is an author, consultant, and speaker on a variety of IT topics. His published works include RADIUS, Hardening Windows, Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, and Learning Windows Server 2003. His work appears regularly in such periodicals as Windows IT Pro, PC Pro, and TechNet Magazine. Jonathan also speaks worldwide on topics ranging from networking and security to Windows administration. He is currently an editor for Apress, which specializes in books for programmers and IT professionals.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Some words about hardening 1
Ch. 2 Windows NT security 11
Ch. 3 Windows 2000 security 35
Ch. 4 Windows XP security 49
Ch. 5 Windows server 2003 security 71
Ch. 6 Deploying enterprise security policies 85
Ch. 7 Patch management 99
Ch. 8 Network access quarantine control 119
Ch. 9 Internet information services security 137
Ch. 10 Exchange server 2003 security 149
Ch. 11 Security auditing and event logs 163
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