Hardening Windows

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Apress, Nov 7, 2006 - Computers - 216 pages

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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Contents

Windows NT Security
11
Windows 2000 Security
35
Figure 31 Creating a new security template
41
Windows XP Security
49
Windows Server 2003 Security
71
Figure 51 The SCWViewer applet
74
Deploying Enterprise Security
85
Figure 61 Windows application of Group Policy objects on a
92
Figure 73 Automatic Updates in Windows XP and Windows 2000
114
Network Access
119
Figure 88 The IPFilter Attribute Information dialog box
133
Internet Information Services
137
Exchange Server 2003
149
Figure 102 The SMTP Virtual Server Properties Access tab
158
Security Auditing and
163
QuickReference Checklists
173

Patch Management
99

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About the author (2006)

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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