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Microsoft® Windows® Security Resource Kit 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0735621749
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p>Ben Smith is a senior security strategist at Microsoft, where he works on developing the company's long-term security strategy. Prior to joining the Microsoft Security Strategies team, he was the lead subject matter expert on security for Microsoft Training & Certification. In addition to being a featured speaker at IT industry conferences, Ben recently consulted with the U.S. National Science Foundation on creating methods for preparing a cyber security workforce. Ben is also the chair of the vendor-neutral security certification, CompTIA Security+. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Ben lives near Redmond, Washington, with his wife Beth Boatright.

Brian Komar is the owner and principal consultant for Komar Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in network security and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Brian partners with Microsoft on several ventures, which include developing security-related courseware for Microsoft Training & Certification, authoring material for Microsoft Prescriptive Architecture Guides, and writing PKI white papers for the Microsoft Security team. Brian is a frequent speaker at IT industry conferences such as Microsoft Tech Ed, MCP TechMentor, and Windows & .NET Magazine Connections. Brian lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with his wife Krista Kunz.

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Product Details

  • Series: Resource Kit
  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2nd edition (April 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735621748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735621749
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Umbach on August 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Windows Security Resource Kit is a wonderful wealth of information on securing Windows networks and operating systems. It is useful for anyone above the beginner level. It concentrates on using features of primarily Windows 2000 and XP to maximize security for various levels of needs. It is not about building a bastion host or configuring firewalls.
It is not a "cookbook" like too many training manuals are these days and is not full of fluff - it covers a lot of territory in it's 680 pages and is not geared for technogeeks, but is clearly written and understandable to the average Joe and Jane [except page 349]. The first two chapters put you in the security "mindset" - Key Principles of Security [including the Ten Immutable Laws of Security] and Understanding Your Enemy. I think that is very important, because security needs to be approached from an attitude about what you are up against and how only one vulnerability can sink your boat.
The next twenty three chapters are logically divided into security topics that can later be accessed easily as needed for reference purposes. Each chapter ends with best pratices recap and references to other books or Knowledge Base articles.
I thought the "meat" of the book was thorough, interesting, and accurate. Finally I have one place to go for an explaination of what ALL the user rights, security options, and services are. There is an excellent chapter on securing tcp/ip with specific recommendations on registry modifications to defend against a denial of service attack and even a .vbs script on the cdrom to implement them all. An equally excellent chapter on auditing including comprehensive tables explaining Event Ids and Event ID 681 failure codes. I finally know what the difference is between auditing account log on and log on events.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Umbach on July 15, 2005
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I have previously done a review of the First Edition of the Microsoft Windows Security Resource Kit which I was very impressed with. All what I said for that book still applies. The first book applied to Windows 2000 and XP Pro. Since then there has been a major upgrade for XP in SP2 and the introduction of Windows 2003 which the Second Edition covers. As with the first book this edition is great for anyone that wants to learn how to secure their Windows 2000/2003/XP Pro operating systems/networks and is geared mostly to administrator types though anyone with such interest including power users will find it extremely helpful.

In just under 700 pages no book can be all inclusive about Windows security. The Windows Security Resource Kit goes into detail on many commonly implemented topics like password/account policy and on others it shows you the basics of what is possible and then refers you to online documantation/white papers if you are interested in a full implementaion which keeps the book affordable, readable, and under 10,000 pages. For example there is a full chapter 25 with detailed instruction on how to implement 802.1X security for wired and wireless networks. For Software Restriction Policies there are three pages but that is enough to make a user aware of what SRP is, how it can help you prevent users from installing and running unathorized applications, and the basics of how to implement it. As a MCSE in Windows 2003:Security and a common newsgroup participant I am often amazed at the number of admnistrators that are not aware of many the security features of Windows 2000/2003/XP Pro such as SRP or in particular ipsec. They would benefit tremendously from this book.

The two chapters on privacy were dropped and more room is devoted to W2003/XP Pro.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Humphrey on January 27, 2004
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I've read nearly a dozen security related books now, including a lot from the Hacking Exposed team. This doesn't compare. There's no flare, there's no personality, it's a reference text.
It reads like a text book, infact, 90% of what's in it is probably in the standard MS texts, manuals and online. So while it's great they've brought all this info together in one place, they might have been better to wrap explination around references, rather than repeating information verbose.
There are lots of gems hidden away, like a detailed description of how kerberos and the token issueing processes work. But sometimes it really falls short, like when listing security related event IDs, it only lists the "more common" ones and there's no reference to locate the rest.
I read this cover to cover, which I think was a mistake, it's probably better as a reference, where if you've got a task to perform, you skim the relevant sections.
Your milage may vary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on March 24, 2003
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Recently I passed the 70-214 exam, Security in a Windows 2000 Network Environment, I had very little resources to work with in my studies. What I could have used is this book which makes the perfect companion to Microsoft Press 70-214 Study guide.

The text is written to a specific exam, but rather to a specific topic, security and securing your network. The book works with Windows 2000 and XP network environments and gives you extensive coverage of the security settings you may need to implement on your network.

The authors created a 650 plus page text, which covers everything from passwords and group policies to terminal services and remote access security. I found some very and highly useful information, I really like chapter 2, Understanding Your Enemy.

Included with the book is a cdrom with over 50 utilities you can use for finding security leaks, holes and other risks. One tool I think needs to be added is the MBSA utility and this can be added in future updates.

Overall if you are looking to find ways to make you network more secure than this book is for you. Also whether you are new to the security arena or an old timer you can certainly learn something new.
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