Maximum Windows 2000 Security

Maximum Windows 2000 Security

by Anonymous, Chris Doyle, Rand Morimoto, Mark Burnett
     
 
Maximum Windows 2000 Security is a comprehensive, solutions-oriented guide to Windows 2000 security. Reveals the holes and weaknesses that compromise Windows 2000 security and how to fix them. Teaches practical, pre-emptive countermeasures against tricks and techniques employed by hackers. Same anonymous hacker who wrote the best-selling books Maximum Security and

Overview

Maximum Windows 2000 Security is a comprehensive, solutions-oriented guide to Windows 2000 security. Reveals the holes and weaknesses that compromise Windows 2000 security and how to fix them. Teaches practical, pre-emptive countermeasures against tricks and techniques employed by hackers. Same anonymous hacker who wrote the best-selling books Maximum Security and Maximum Linux Security.

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Windows security is never far from the headlines. Nor is it far from the minds of network and system administrators. If you're one of them, you'll sleep better at night if you read this systematic guide to hardening your Win2K servers -- and follow the rules and procedures it teaches you.

Author "Anonymous" identifies five key factors that make Windows 2000 vulnerable: the human factor (neither users nor sysadmins are perfect); Windows 2000's attempt to be all things to all people; Win2K's scattered and inadequate monitoring tools; its enormity and complexity; and the relative insecurity of "out-of-the-box" installations. This book addresses all five.

It offers the best coverage we've seen on installing Windows 2000 for maximum security. "Anonymous" lists nine questions you need to answer before you break the shrink wrap; then points out some not-so-obvious pitfalls. (Giving your server an obvious name, such as WEBSERVER, gives intruders a head start.) On the companion web site, the author provides an unattended install script that excludes most Win2K features that cause security holes. (The rest you'll have to eliminate or secure manually. "Anonymous" shows you how.)

This book covers the waterfront. There's detailed coverage of password security (it's stronger, but any backward-compatible LAN Manager passwords are still plenty vulnerable); and Windows 2000 services (they have system privileges, and if a hacker can find a way to exploit one, he can often gain the same privileges). There are chapters on trojans and backdoors; security policy and configuration; and Active Directory. There are more than 150 pages on exploiting and protecting Web and other Internet services. And there's a full section on encryption. (Sure, you're encrypting the folder containing those secret corporate takeover plans -- but are you encrypting the folder in the place where Microsoft Word places all the temporary files it's creating as you're scheming? Hmmm...)

This book is the real deal. If you're responsible for a Windows 2000 server, you must know this stuff. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey–based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780672319655
Publisher:
Pearson Technology Group 2
Publication date:
12/15/2001
Series:
Maximum Security Series
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.26(d)

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Meet the Author

Anonymous is a reformed hacker and programmer and is currently at work building one of the world's largest computer security archives. While running an Internet security consulting company, he also moonlights doing contract programming for several Fortune 500 firms.

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  • Maximum Security, Third Edition, 0-672-31871-7, $49.99, Sams, May 2001 ?
  • Maximum Linux Security, Second Edition, 0-672-32134-3, $49.99, Sams, June 2001

    Mark Burnett is a consultant specializing in IIS and Windows 2000 security. He is the original founder of Xato Network Security, and is currently managing editor of the IIS Security Insider newsletter.

    L.J. Locher is a network administrator, programmer, security consultant who has written articles for Windows 2000 Magazine and contributed to several books for Microsoft Press and others.

    Chris Doyle is CEO/managing consultant for Coneth Solutions, a leading IT consulting firm in northern California.

    Chris Amaris is the chief technology office and cofounder of Convergent Computing, a Bay Area consulting firm specializing in security, performance tuning, network/systems management, infrastructure migration, and messaging.

    Rand Morimoto is a well-known author, consultant, and speaker on subjects ranging from electronic commerce to electronic messaging to Internet security.

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