Windows Security training

In this article we have compiled a selection of online & in-person courses to learn about security within the Microsoft Windows operating system.

30-day Windows Security Crash Course

The cybersecurity industry grows and demands talent like no other. But talent should come with an up-to-date skill set.

We’re here to save you from learning stuff that neither you need… nor your employer.

Instead you’ll ‘inject’ yourself with 30 skills that are crucial on the path from a Newbie to Windows Security Pro. Our goal is to, after those 30 days, make you feel more confident and qualified to face cybersecurity challenges than ever before.

online (12 months access)

Course 20411D: Administering Windows Server® 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part two in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

online (3 months access) or in-person (5 days)

Fundamental Windows Security Overview

In Fundamental Windows Security Overview, we examine secure computing within a Windows environment with tools such as the baseline security analyzer, Windows Firewall, and Microsoft Defender. We also provides ways in which a user within a Windows environment can ensure a secure network connection via proper configuration of Ipsec, IIS, and RDP.

online (33 mins)

GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN)

The GIAC Certified Windows System Administrator (GCWN) certification validates a practitioner’s ability to secure Microsoft Windows clients and servers. GCWN certification holders have the knowledge and skills needed to configure and manage the security of Microsoft operating systems and applications, including: PKI, IPSec, Group Policy, AppLocker, DNSSEC, PowerShell, and hardening Windows against malware and persistent adversaries.

proctored exam

SEC505: Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation

In SEC505 you will learn how to:

  • Write PowerShell scripts for Windows and Active Directory security automation
  • Safely run PowerShell scripts on thousands of hosts over the network
  • Defend against PowerShell malware such as ransomware
  • Harden Windows Server and Windows 10 against skilled attackers

In this course you will learn not just Windows and Active Directory security, but how to manage security using PowerShell.

online or in-person

Securing Windows Networks

You will start by learning the basics of system security, then jump into learning about operating system security, including users and groups, permissions and rights, and managing user accounts. From there, Mark will teach you about Windows access control, protecting local data, and securing data in transit. This video tutorial also covers file sharing, securing the registry, system hardening, and Windows firewall. Finally, you will learn about security monitoring, backup and recovery, and Windows 10 security enhancements.

online (9 hours)

TN-969: Windows Security Administrator Course

The course is aligned with information assurance operators and executing hands-on labs to secure Windows systems. Lecture and labs start with quick review of Active Directory and group policy to enforce security mechanisms within the Windows architecture.  Students then gain network experience and use sniffing to help exemplify the benefit of learning wired and wireless security configurations.  PowerShell is made for SecOps/DevOps automation and students will learn to write PowerShell scripts to automate security operations and Desired State Configuration (DSC).  The course concludes with exercising real attack strategies to demonstrate the effectives of properly securing your host.

in-person (5 days)

Windows 10 Host Security

Editing policies at both the host level as well as utilizing tools in Active Directory are covered and demonstrated to help keep your data safe, as well as any client data that the hosts may contain. Many different real world examples are presented as well as experiences from the presenter. See how your organization can benefit by protecting your Windows 10 computers from malware, wireless hacking, open firewall ports, browsing the web and much more.

online (7 hours)

Windows Operating System Security

This course introduces students to the security aspects of Microsoft Windows. The class begins with an overview of the Microsoft Windows security model and some key components such as processes, drivers, the Windows registry, and Windows kernel. An overview of the users and group permission structure used in Windows is presented along with a survey of the attacks commonly seen in Windows environments. Patching, networking, and the built-in security features of Windows such as the firewall, anti-malware, and BitLocker are all covered in light detail.

online (self-paced)

Windows Security Fundamentals (40367)

This 3-day MTA training course builds an understanding of security layers, operating system security, network security, and security software. This program provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in technology and assumes some hands-on experience or training but does not assume on-the-job experience.

in-person (3 day)

Have you completed any Windows Security courses that do not appear above and you would like to recommend? If so please comment below to share which ones and what impressed you about them.

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