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Windows Network Security Fundamentals

Microsoft security technologies for modern organizations

Topic: Security
Glenn Weadock

Many organizations now use a hybrid environment in which existing on-premises networks are supplemented by cloud resources. The challenge is that security in such a world is even more complex than before.

Expert Glenn Weadock offers an overview of Microsoft security technologies for today’s hybrid environments. Join in to build a foundation for the security topics you’ll need to pass a number of Microsoft certification exams, including the Microsoft Technology Associate certification, specifically Exam 98-367: Security Fundamentals.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • How today’s Microsoft environments create new security challenges for IT departments
  • The basics of operating system hardening and applications hardening
  • How to best protect network communications on-premises and in the Azure cloud

And you’ll be able to:

  • Implement Microsoft technologies for protecting user credentials
  • Protect data-in-place using filesystem security, rights management, and encryption
  • Configure both local and cloud-based antimalware tools

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re an administrator whose organization spans local and cloud-based architectures.
  • You work with virtual machines and cloud services in a Microsoft shop.
  • You want to pursue Microsoft certifications and need a grounding in security basics.


  • Basic familiarity with Windows, networking, and virtualization

Recommended preparation:

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Glenn E. Weadock is the president of Independent Software, Inc., which he founded in 1982 after graduating from Stanford University's engineering school. Glenn is a consultant to the legal profession and has advised the U.S. Justice Department., He served as an expert witness in the Microsoft antitrust case and has also testified in several high-profile patent cases.

    Glenn is the author of 18 books (including some in the Dummies series), covering topics such as web design, client/server networking, Microsoft MCSE certification, and the Windows Registry. He’s developed several seminars and video courses for Data-Tech Institute, co-authored two Microsoft Official Curriculum courses on Windows Server, and taught PC and network troubleshooting, design, and support to students in the US, UK, Canada, and Southeast Asia. He holds a number of certifications, including the MDAA, MCAAA, MCITP, MCSE, MCSA, MCT, and A+.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Windows network security fundamentals (10 minutes)

  • Presentation: Overview of security topics
  • Q&A

Operating system hardening (25 minutes)

  • Presentation: Methods of increasing OS security through configuration (Group Policy, Azure AD/Intune)
  • Group discussion: How often does your company evaluate OS security baselines?

Application hardening (20 minutes)

  • Presentation: Methods of increasing application security (AppLocker, Device Guard, Intune app protection policies)
  • Group discussion: Could your organization implement an “allowed app” list?
  • Q&A

Break (5 minutes)

Protecting credentials (30 minutes)

  • Presentation: Modern techniques for protecting Windows credentials (biometrics, Credential Guard, virtual smart cards, certificates, RODCs, Azure Key Vault)
  • Hands-on exercise: Find the vulnerability in a credentials protection system
  • Q&A

Protecting data (25 minutes)

  • Presentation: Protections for data-at-rest (encryption, filesystem security, Windows Information Protection, digital rights management, ransomware, Azure backup, Azure Storage Explorer)
  • Hands-on exercise: Pick the right encryption technology for the situation
  • Q&A

Break (5 minutes)

Protecting communications (20 minutes)

  • Group discussion: What types of network communications are encrypted in your networks?
  • Presentation: Protections for data-in-transit (IP sec, VLANs, Windows Firewall, Azure network security groups)
  • Q&A

Antimalware (20 minutes)

  • Group discussion: Do you only use Microsoft antimalware solutions?
  • Presentation: Windows Defender and Windows Defender ATP
  • Q&A

Auditing (20 minutes)

  • Group discussion: What types of security auditing does your company perform?
  • Presentation: Auditing in Active Directory and Azure Active Directory
  • Q&A