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Windows(R) XP Professional Security

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ISBN-13: 978-0072226027
ISBN-10: 0072226021
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"This book is the operator's manual for Windows XP security--don't boot up without it." --Joel Scambray, Senior Director of Security, Microsoft MSN, and best-selling author of "Hacking Exposed, Hacking Exposed Windows 2000, and "Hacking Exposed Web Applications

"The authors clearly demonstrate a master's understanding of the Windows operating system that is certain to make this a 'must-have' book." --Stephen Northcutt, SANS Institute

Get comprehensive security coverage of Windows XP Professional--the most security-focused Microsoft OS yet--from this definitive resource. Learn how default security has been strengthened and how familiar security features from Windows 2000 have been completely reworked, including options to restrict anonymous access, redefine the "Everyone" group, force Guest network logons, utilize blank password restrictions, and much more. Also, the new and enhanced security features of Windows XP, including Software Restriction Policies, Internet Connection Firewall, Group Policy, and wireless networking are covered in detail. This comprehensive reference will be invaluable in your daily work with Microsoft's newest security technologies. Don't miss this chance to fully understand Windows XP security in a Windows 2000 or Windows .NET domain.Configure security policies effectively Manage GPOs in mixed Windows XP and Windows 2000 environments Uncover the registry inside and out with need-to-know security lockdowns and hacks Utilize new EFS features with learned best security practices Overcome wireless threats using IPSec and 801.1x practical solutions Understand how the .NET Framework implements policies across managed code Work with Active Directory, GroupPolicies, and IPSec using the new features available in Windows XP and Windows .NET Reveal powerful new Software Restriction Policies in action using practical examples Prevent DoS attacks through firewall best practices and the new ICF and ICS Get problem-solving techniques and methodologies for penetration testing and incident response

About the Author

CHRIS WEBER is an ESL teacher and founder of the Oregon Students Writing & Art Foundation. For more than twenty years, he has been working with students on their publications in and out of the classroom. He has also supervised student editors in creating the award-winning Treasures series, anthologies of student writing and art used in the U.S. and abroad. The latest volume has been published in both English and Japanese. His website (www.publishingstudents.com) provides additional resources and support for publishing students' writing. Or read what NEA Today, Midwest Book Review, and other media are saying about Publishing with Students at www.publishingstudents.com/HeinemannLink.html. You can email Chris Weber at chriscarlweber@earthlink.net.

Gary Bahadur, CISSP, is the founder of KRAA Security and a social media security consultancy. He was co-founder and Chief Information Officer of Foundstone, Inc., a security vulnerability risk management firm that provided security consulting and training services and technical infrastructure implementation and was sold to McAfee in 2004. Mr. Bahadur is a frequent speaker at security conferences and writes for a number of security-related publications, including "Information Security Magazine" and "SysAdmin Magazine".

Jason Inasi is CEO and creative director at The Factory Interactive, a Miami-based digital design and identity development agency specializing in brand identity, SEO, mobile and Web applications, and business-to-business collaboration. He speaks widely on social media.

Alex de Carvalho is VP of Business Development & Community at VoxMed, co-founder of The Startup Forum, director of social media at Medimix International, and adjunct professor of social media at the University of Miami. He has more than 15 years of experience directing business development at online media and mobile content companies.

Author Profile
Joel Scambray, CISSP, is co-founder and CEO of Consciere, provider of strategic security advisory services. He has assisted companies ranging from newly minted startups to members of the Fortune 50 address information security challenges and opportunities for over a dozen years. Joel's background includes roles as an executive, technical consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been a Senior Director at Microsoft Corporation, where he led Microsoft's online services security efforts for three years before joining the Windows platform and services division to focus on security technology architecture. Joel also co-founded security software and services startup Foundstone Inc. and helped lead it to acquisition by McAfee for $86M. In 2007, he helped lead US-based Leviathan Security from start-up to well-recognized boutique security consultancy. He previously held positions as a Manager for Ernst & Young, security columnist for Microsoft TechNet, Editor at Large for InfoWorld Magazine, and Director of IT for a major commercial real estate firm. Joel is widely recognized as co-author of "Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions", the international best-selling computer security book that first appeared in 1999. He is also lead author of the "Hacking Exposed: Windows" and "Hacking Exposed: Web Applications" series. Joel brings deep experience in technology, IT operations security, and consulting to clients ranging from small startups to the world s largest enterprises. He has spoken widely on information security at forums including Black Hat, I-4, and The Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), as well as organizations including IANS, CERT, The Computer Security Institute (CSI), ISSA, ISACA, SANS, private corporations, and government agencies such as the Korean Information Security Agency (KISA), FBI, and the RCMP. Joel holds a BS from the University of California at Davis, a MA from UCLA, and he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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Product Details

  • Series: Networking Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia (October 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072226021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072226027
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,228,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Windows XP Professional Security" (WXPPS) is a great way to learn about the newest technologies produced by the software engineers in Redmond. Although the "Windows XP" title suggests a focus on desktops, WXPPS is about enterprise strategies. It's surprising so much useful information can be packed into 400 pages.

Good administration-oriented security books teach more than proper system configuration. They illuminate the inner workings of the operating system and explain why certain strategies work best. WXPPS doesn't just list OS settings; it explains what they mean and how they have consequences. No detail is too small, such as explanations of the various registry "Run" keys in ch 3 or the changes to "RestrictAnonymous" in ch 6.

Those who consider Windows XP to be a cosmetic upgrade to Windows 2000 will be surprised by what WXPPS offers. The book explains several administrative and security enhancements, like Software Restriction Policies (SAFER) in ch 2 or IIS 5.1 in XP and 6.0 in Windows Server 2003 (formerly .NET Server). Active Directory is more closely tied to security than ever before, and WXPPS explains how Windows XP Group Policy Objects can be managed within a Windows 2000 domain. The Active Directory "crash course" in ch 11 does a good job bringing the reader up to speed on this crucial Windows component.

I have few criticisms for this book. A walk-through for configuring IPSec would have been helpful, since the Windows implementation of IPSec tunnels via "wizards" seems clunky. Otherwise, I was happy with WXPPS' ability to introduce administrative or technical material as background, then proceed to explain security implications.
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This book covers security for most of Windows 2000/XP/ and .NET. There are many topics inside including internal registry security, wireless security practices, the new Software Restriction Policies, information about Active Directory security and Group Policy, and much more detailed info on the internal security workings of Windows. Each of the security settings/options are explained with examples including the upgraded RestrictAnonymous, ICF, and IPSec. IIS 5.1 is explored as well as .NET's wholly redesigned IIS 6.0. In chapter 11, the authors clearly explain some interesting caveats you should definitely know about managing Windows XP in a Windows 2000 domain. Many of the new features in XP/.NET are introduced, including new tools, and security recommendations from folks who do this stuff on a daily basis.
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The authors dont just provide how to info, but also why things work like they do, its heavy on internals and how to's
I'm a systems administrator and it really helped me with my group policy designs, and my wireless network setup. This book is definitive resource for all windows security, and gets into more than just xp, including 2000 and .NET.
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Collaboratively written by security and networking consultant Chris Weber and Gary Bahadur (co-founder and CIO of Foundstone, Inc., a company that provides vulnerability management software, consulting, and training services to Fortune 500 clients), Windows XP Professional Security is an extensive and reliable guide to implementing and managing as secure a Windows XP environment as current technologies make possible. Individual chapters discuss a wide range of security-related topics including password management, firewalls, ways to prepare a computer system for the worst, and easy-to-understand instructions for taking advantage of all the new Windows XP security settings and features. A first-rate resource, Windows XP Professional Security should be required reading for anyone using Windows XP for personal, professional, or corporate purposes.
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