Thor's Microsoft Security Bible

1st Edition

A Collection of Practical Security Techniques

Authors: Timothy "Thor" Mullen
Hardcover ISBN: 9781597495721
eBook ISBN: 9781597495738
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 27th July 2011
Page Count: 336
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Thor’s Microsoft® Security Bible provides a "one-stop-shop" for Microsoft-related security techniques and procedures as applied to the typical deployment of a Microsoft-based infrastructure. The book contains detailed security concepts and methodologies described at every level: Server, Client, Organizational Structure, Platform-specific security options, application specific security (IIS, SQL, Active Directory, etc.) and also includes new, never-before-published security tools complete with source code.

Key Features

  • Named the 2011 Best Systems Administration Book by InfoSec Reviews
  • Detailed technical information on security processes for all major Microsoft applications
  • Unique project-based "storytelling" delivery, combining multiple security techniques and methods together for real-world solutions to security challenges in actual business use cases
  • Reference-style content for access to specific application security techniques and methods
  • Actual author opinion and guidance as not only HOW to go about security particular applications, but WHY to do so
  • DVD Companion disk with source code, tools, video tutorials, and other materials


Systems and Network Administrators, IT Managers, Security and Network Engineers, Database Administrators

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Securely Writing Web Proxy Log Data to Structured Query Language (SQL) Server and Programmatically Monitoring Web Traffic Data in Order to Automatically Inject Allow/Deny Rules into Threat Management Gateway (TMG)


Scope and Considerations


Securely Logging Data to SQL

Designing the Workflow



Chapter 2 Internet Information Server (IIS) Authentication and Authorization Models, and Locking Down File Access with Encrypting File System (EFS) and Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (Web DAV)



Building the Web Application Structure


Security in Depth

Securing Access with WebDAV



Chapter 3 Analyzing and Blocking Malicious Traffic Based on Geolocation


Research and Due Diligence

Implementing a Solution

Integrating with TMG



Chapter 4 Creating an Externally Accessible Authenticated Proxy in a Secure Manner


Build It, and They Will Come


Chapter 5 The Creation and Maintenance of Low Privileged Service Users (with a focus on SQL)


Creating and Configuring Service User Accounts

Real, Quantifiable Password Strength, and How to Measure It



Chapter 6 Remote Security Log Collection in a Least Privilege Environment


Log Fetcher Architecture

Accessing WMI

Show Me The Code!


Chapter 7 Securing RDP


General RDP Attacks and Mitigation

RDP Solutions Overview

Direct Access of Multiple RDP H


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About the Author

Timothy "Thor" Mullen

Timothy “Thor” Mullen is an independent programming consultant who, after 25 years of supporting Microsoft operating systems and programming languages, has completely abandoned all Microsoft technologies in favor of Apple OS X and open source systems such as Linux and BSD. After years working for the software giant, Thor now condemns the company for their unethical practices and evangelizes for Apple OS X and open systems and has committed his research to the betterment of users by providing guidance for users to switch from their dependency upon Windows and enjoy the superior, secure, and feature-rich experience that is OS X.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent programming consultant and author of Thor's Microsoft Security Bible


First - Best Systems Administration Books, 2011, InfoSec Reviews


"Mullen presents realistic business scenarios with tips on products, tools, and methods to create an autonomous web traffic monitor, analyze and block traffic based on geolocation, set up a secure external web proxy, cover remote desktop protocol security, and create and maintain service users."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
"This book presents a fascinating collections of practical and immediately implementable Microsoft security techniques, processes, and methodologies uniquely illustrated through real-world process examples. The author enriches the reader with detailed technical information on security processes for all major Microsoft applications in simple readable form…Top security professionals as well as many younger aspirants in the security sector should find this book extremely informative and useful."--Security Management, December 2012, page 83
"I was looking for the standard security bible (change this setting or that setting), and I did ultimately get that. Thor’s chosen delivery method does walk through the changing of settings, but does it in such a subtle way as to not make the content boring. This is a book that when you begin, you think ‘huh?’ But once you complete it, you think ‘Ah ha!’ Generally, security bibles can be dull, but given the author’s humor, vast knowledge of securing Windows Server 2008, and his ability to explain the topics to even a novice, makes this work shine. Anyone working in a Windows Server environment is doing themselves a disservice by not reading this book. The included video content was refreshing, as the author continues his dialogue with you. He walks through setting up Chapter 1 and Chapter 7 on the fly, so any mistakes you will see. It was nice to hear his voice, since, if you’re like me, it makes it easier when reading. TMSB is a great book, and for all you Windows 2008 Server Administrators out there, I’d run, not walk, to