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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Windows 2000 Security
Figure 31 Creating a new security template
Windows XP Security
Windows Server 2003 Security
Figure 51 The SCWViewer applet
Deploying Enterprise Security
Figure 61 Windows application of Group Policy objects on a
Figure 73 Automatic Updates in Windows XP and Windows 2000
Figure 88 The IPFilter Attribute Information dialog box
Internet Information Services
Exchange Server 2003
Figure 102 The SMTP Virtual Server Properties Access tab
Security Auditing and