Throughout this book, you will be provided with the knowledge needed to protect your Windows environment and the users that access it. It will cover a variety of topics that go beyond the hardening of just the operating system, including the management of devices, baselining, hardware, virtualization, networking, identity management, security operations, monitoring, auditing, and testing. The goal is to ensure that you understand the foundation of and multiple layers involved in providing improved protection for your Windows systems.

Since this is a book about security, it's important to understand what the core principles are that form an information security model and foundation. These principles are known as the CIA triad, which represents ...

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