MasterClass: Hacking and Securing Windows Infrastructure with Paula Januszkiewicz

This is a super intense workshop! First you learn how to hack and then you learn how to secure. It brings security understanding, hands-on and scenario based approach: see and cause the problem, then implement the solution!

This is a deep dive course on infrastructure services security. It is a must-go for enterprise administrators, security officers and architects. Delivered by one of the best people in the market in the security field – with practical knowledge from tons of successful projects, many years of real-world experience, great teaching skills and no mercy for misconfigurations or insecure solutions.


Enterprise administrators, infrastructure architects, security professionals, systems engineers, network administrators, IT professionals, security consultants and other people responsible for implementing network and perimeter security.


To attend this training you should have good hands-on experience in administering Windows infrastructure.

About the instructor: Paula Januszkiewicz

Paula Januszkiewicz is the IT Security Auditor and Penetration Tester, Enterprise Security MVP and trainer (MCT) and Microsoft Security Trusted Advisor. She is also a top-speaker on many well-known conferences (for example: TechEd North America, TechEd Europe, TechEd Middle East, RSA, TechDays, NIC, CyberCrime etc.) and writes articles on Windows Security. She proudly holds the role of the Security Architect in IDesign and she drives her own company CQURE.
She has conducted hundreds of IT security audits and penetration tests, including governmental organizations.

Course content:

Day 1 and 2:

Module 1: Hacking Windows Platform

  • Detecting unnecessary services
  • Misusing service accounts
  • Implementing rights, permissions and privileges
  • Direct Kernel Object Modification

Module 2: Top 50 tools: the attackers best friends

  • Practical walkthrough through tools
  • Using tools against scenarios

Module 3: Modern Malware

  • Techniques used by modern malware
  • Advanced Persistent Threats
  • Fooling common protection mechanisms

Module 4: Physical Access

  • Misusing USB and other ports
  • Offline Access techniques
  • BitLocker unlocking

Module 5: Intercepting Communication

  • Communicating through firewalls
  • Misusing

Day 3 to 5:

Module 6:

  • Designing Secure Windows Infrastructure
  • On the market there are thousands solutions available to enrich security in our infrastructure. Idea of this module is to provide the complete knowledge and to gain the holistic approach for the areas that can be secured and for the measures that can be implemented.

Module 7: Securing Windows Platform

  • Defining and disabling unnecessary services
  • Implementing secure service accounts
  • Implementing rights, permissions and privileges
  • Driver signing

Module 8: Malware Protection

  • Techniques used by modern malware
  • Malware investigation techniques
  • Analyzing cases of real malware
  • Implementing protection mechanisms

Module 9: Managing Physical Security

  • Managing port security: USB, FireWire and other
  • Mitigating Offline Access
  • Implementing and managing BitLocker

Module 10: Deploying and configuring Public Key Infrastructure

  • Role and capabilities of the PKI in the infrastructure
  • Designing PKI architecture
  • PKI Deployment – Best practices

Module 11: Configuring Secure Communication

  • Deploying and managing Windows Firewall – advanced and useful features
  • Deploying and configuring IPsec
  • Deploying secure Remote Access (VPN, Direct Access, Workplace Join, RDS Gateway)
  • Deploying DNS and DNSSEC

Module 12: Securing Web Server

  • Configuring IIS features for security
  • Deploying Server Name Indication and Centralized SSL Certificate Support
  • Monitoring Web Server resources and performance
  • Deploying Distributed Denial of Service attack prevention
  • Deploying Network Load Balancing and Web Farms

Module 13: Providing Data Security and Availability

  • Designing data protection for Microsoft Office, PDF and other file types
  • Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services
  • Deploying File Classification Infrastructure and Dynamic Access Control
  • Configuring a secure File Server
  • Hardening basics for Microsoft SQL Server
  • Clustering selected Windows services

Module 14: Mitigating the common password attacks

  • Performing Pass
  • Hash attack and implementing prevention
  • Performing the LSA Secrets dump and implementing prevention

Module 15: Automating Windows Security

  •  Implementing Advanced GPO Features
  • Deploying Software Restriction: Applocker
  • Advanced Powershell for administration


This training is not related to any specific certification.


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