• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

In this course, you'll get hands-on experience configuring and managing security on Windows servers and clients. Topics include access controls and authentication, encryption, application rules, and Group Policy objects.

This web-based course teaches you a variety of security administration techniques for securing Windows servers and clients. Tools featured in this course include Windows Active Directory, Group Policy Object Editor, Icacls.exe, Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption, and Microsoft Encrypting File System (EFS), running in in Windows Server 2012. The course is designed for business and IT professionals, and offers access to online resources including texts, lectures, and virtual labs that duplicate real-world scenarios. Qualified instructors are available to answer questions about the content and theory.

To begin, you will use the Active Directory Domain Controller to secure the C-I-A triad, ensuring confidentiality and integrity of network data. You’ll create and link a global password policy for the entire domain, create users, add them to global security groups, and apply the new security groups to nested folders on a remote server.
In the next lab, you’ll use the Windows command-line utility, icacls.exe, to establish file-level permissions following a set of access control requirements. You will move on to encrypting files and folders using EFS on a Windows Server 2012 computer. You will also install BitLocker Drive Encryption, and encrypt a data drive on a server and create a recovery key. Finally, you’ll use Group Policy objects to secure Windows systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain security features of the Microsoft Windows operating systems.
  • Implement secure access controls when setting up Microsoft Windows in a given organization.
  • Set up encryption in a given organization to secure Windows environment.
  • Define and apply Group Policy controls in Microsoft Windows.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.