While there are a lot of books available on network security, most of them take the approach of focusing on the attacks, on the hacks, and responding to those on a one-by-one basis. This book does just the opposite, focusing on a holistic approach to protecting your entire network. It covers all seven layers of the Defense in Depth (DID) Model, as well as other material not covered in any other books. DID refers to a system of combining defenses to provide added protection. Since there are then multiple barriers between the attacker and the attacked, this increases the level of security, and increases the cost of the attack to the attacker. The authors are two senior members of Microsoft's Security and Business Technology Unit (SBTU), and are among the most sought-after speakers for security conferences. With security being such a strong focus at Microsoft, this book is destined to become the standard guide for all network administrators and architects who want to have the most secure Windows network possible.
Praise for Protect Your Windows Network
"Jesper and Steve have done an outstanding job of covering the myriad of issues you must deal with to implement an effective network security policy. If you care about security this book is a must have."
Mark Russinovich, Chief Software Architect, Winternals Software
"Johansson and Riley's new book presents complex issues in straightforward language, examining both the technical and business aspects of network security. As a result, this book is an important tutorial for those responsible for network security; and even non-technical business leaders would learn a lot about how to manage the business risk inherent in their dependence on information technology.
Scott Charney, Vice President of Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
"These guys have a profound understanding of what it takes to implement secure solutions in the real world! Jesper and Steve have been doing security related work (pen testing, consulting, program management, etc.) internally at Microsoft and for Microsoft's customers for many years. As a result of their real-world experience, they understand that security threats don't confine themselves to "the network" or "the operating system" and that to deliver secure solutions, these issues must be tackled at all levels after all of the threats to the environment have been identified. This book distinguishes itself from others in this field in that it does a great job of explaining the threats at many levels (network, operating system, data, and application) and how to counter these threats. A must read for security practitioners!"
Robert Hensing, CISSP, Security Software EngineerSecurity Business and Technology Unit, Microsoft Corporation, email@example.com
"A good book should make you think. A good computer book should make you change how you are doing things in your network. I was fortunate enough to be setting up a new server as I read the book and incorporated many of the items discussed. The lessons in these chapters have relevance to networks large and small and blow through many of the myths surrounding computer security and guide you in making smarter security decisions. Too many times people focus in on just one aspect or part of a network's security and don't look at the bigger picture. These days I'm doing my very best to keep in mind the bigger picture of the forest (active directory notwithstanding), and not just looking at those trees."
Susan Bradley, CPA, GSEC, MCP, Small Business Server MVP, http://www.msmvps.com/Bradley, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Jesper Johansson and Steve Riley's Protect Your Windows Network is a must read for all organizations to gain practical insight and best practices to improve their overall security posture."
Jon R. Wall, CISSP
"Jesper and Steve are two excellent communicators who really know their stuff! If you want to learn more about how to protect yourself and your network, read this book and learn from these two guys!"
"In order to protect your particular Windows network you need to understand how Windows security mechanisms really work. Protect Your Windows Network gives you an in-depth understanding of Windows security so that you use the security techniques that best map to your needs."
Chris Wysopal, Director, Development, Symantec Corporation, http://www.symantec.com
"Nowadays, a computer that is not connected to a network is fairly limited in its usefulness. At the same time, however, a networked computer is a prime target for criminals looking to take advantage of you and your systems. In this book, Jesper and Steve masterfully demonstrate the whys and hows of protecting and defending your network and its resources, providing invaluable insight and guidance that will help you to ensure your assets are more secure."
Stephen Toub, Technical Editor, MSDN Magazine, email@example.com
"Security is more than knobs and switches. It is a mind set. Jesper Johansson and Steve Riley clearly understand this. Protect Your Windows Network is a great book on how you can apply this mind set to people, process, and technology to build and maintain more secure networks. This book is a must read for anyone responsible for protecting their organization's network."
Ben Smith, Senior Security Strategist, Microsoft Corporation, Author of Microsoft Windows Security Resource Kit 2 and Assessing Network Security
"Security is finally getting the mainstream exposure that it has always deserved; Johansson and Riley's book is a fine guide that can complement Microsoft's recent focus on security in the Windows-family operating systems."
Kenneth Wehr, President, ColumbusFreenet.org
"If you have not been able to attend one of the many security conferences around the world that Jesper and Steve presented, this book is the next best thing. They are two of the most popular speakers at Microsoft on Windows security. This is an informative book on how to make your Windows network more secure. Understanding the trade-offs between high security and functionality is a key concept that all Windows users should understand. If you're responsible for network security or an application developer, this book is a must."
Kevin McDonnell, Microsoft
In this book, two senior members of Microsoft's Security Business and Technology Unit present a complete "Defense in Depth" model for protecting any Windows networkno matter how large or complex. Drawing on their work with hundreds of enterprise customers, they systematically address all three elements of a successful security program: people, processes, and technology.
Unlike security books that focus on individual attacks and countermeasures, this book shows how to address the problem holistically and in its entirety. Through hands-on examples and practical case studies, you will learn how to integrate multiple defensesdeterring attacks, delaying them, and increasing the cost to the attacker. Coverage includes
Improving security from the top of the network stack to the bottom
Understanding what you need to do right away and what can wait
Avoiding "pseudo-solutions" that offer a false sense of security
Developing effective security policiesand educating those pesky users
Beefing up your first line of defense: physical and perimeter security
Modeling threats and identifying security dependencies
Preventing rogue access from inside the network
Systematically hardening Windows servers and clients
Protecting client applications, server applications, and Web services
Addressing the unique challenges of small business network security
Authoritative and thorough, Protect Your Windows Network will be the standard Microsoft security guide for sysadmins, netadmins, security professionals, architects, and technical decision-makers alike.
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