MasterClass: Hacking and Securing Windows Infrastructure

This course is just a great workshop that teaches how to implement securing technologies one at a time. The course covers all aspects of Windows infrastructure security that everybody talks about and during the course you will learn how to implement them! Our goal is to teach you how to design and implement secure infrastructures based on the reasonable balance between security and comfort with great knowledge of attacker’s possibilities.


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.


This is a deep dive course on infrastructure services security, a must-go for enterprise administrators, security officers and architects. It is 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. In this workshop you will investigate the critical tasks for a high-quality penetration test. We will look at the most efficient ways to map a network and discover target systems and services. Once it has been done, we will search for vulnerabilities and reduce false positives with manual vulnerability verification. At the end we will look at exploitation techniques, including the use of authored and commercial tools. In the attack summary we will always go through the securing techniques.

Exploits are not the only way to get to systems! We will go through the operating systems’ build in problems and explore how they can be beneficial for hackers! One of the most important things to conduct a successful attack is to understand how the targets work. To the bones! Afterwards everything is clear and the tool is just a matter of our need.

The course covers all aspects of Windows infrastructure security from the hacker’s mind perspective! Our goal is to show and teach you what kind of mechanisms are allowing to get inside the infrastructure and how to get into operating systems. After the course you will gain penetration tester’s knowledge and tools. To get more practice we offer three extra weeks of labs online!

All exercises are based on Windows Server 2016 and 2019, Windows 10 and Kali Linux. This course is based on practical knowledge from tons of successful projects, many years of real-world experience 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 a good hands-on experience in administering Windows infrastructure. At least 8 years in the field is recommended.

Course content:

Module 1: Hacking Windows Platform

a) Detecting unnecessary services
b) Misusing service accounts
c) Implementing rights, permissions and privileges 

Module 2: Top 50 tools: the attacker's best friends

a) Practical walkthrough through tools
b) Using tools against scenarios
c) Tools for Red Team / Pentesters
d) Tools for Blue Team

Module 3: Modern Malware

a) Techniques used by modern malware
b) Advanced Persistent Threats
c) Fooling common protection mechanisms

Module 4: Physical Access

a) Misusing USB and other ports
b) Offline Access techniques
c) BitLocker unlocking

Module 5: Intercepting Communication

a) Communicating through firewalls
b) Misusing Remote Access
c) DNS based attacks

Module 6: Hacking Web Server

a) Detecting unsafe servers
b) Hacking HTTPS
c) Distributed Denial of Service attacks

Module 7: Data in-Security

a) Using incorrect file servers’ configuration
b) Basic SQL Server attacks
c) Detecting and attacking common network servers

Module 8: Identity attacks

a) Pass-the-Hash attacks
b) Stealing the LSA Secrets
c) Modern identity attacks techniques

Module 9: Hacking automation

a) Misusing administrative scripts
b) Script based scanning
c) PowerShell for pen-testers

Module 10: Designing Secure Windows Infrastructure

a) Modern attacks and prevention techniques
b) Malware execution prevention
c) Enterprise scale security challenges

Module 11: Securing Windows Platform

a) Defining and disabling unnecessary services
b) Implementing secure service accounts
c) Implementing rights, permissions and privileges
d) Code signing

Module 12: Malware Protection

a) Malware investigation techniques
b) Analyzing cases of real malware
c) Implementing protection mechanisms

Module 13: Managing Physical Security

a) Mitigating Offline Access
b) Implementing and managing BitLocker

Module 14: Public Key Infrastructure Security

a) Role and capabilities of the PKI in the infrastructure
b) Designing PKI architecture overview
c) PKI security – Best practices

Module 15: Securing Network Communication

a) Deploying and managing Windows Firewall – advanced and useful features
b) Deploying and configuring IPsec
c) Deploying DNS and DNSSEC

Module 16: Securing Web Server

a) Configuring IIS features for security
b) Working with SSL Certificate Support
c) Monitoring Web Server resources and performance
d) Deploying Distributed Denial of Service attack prevention
e) Deploying Network Load Balancing and Web Farms

Module 17: Mitigating the identity attacks

a) Pass-the-Hash attack prevention
b) LSA protection c) Credential Guard


This training is not related to any specific certification.