Event Profile

Hardening Windows Networks

February 28 — March 3, 2023

Who Should Attend:

Network, server, desktop, and security administrators as well as management-level individuals interested in this topic.

Course Overview:

A 4-day online, hands-on security course that teaches students how to harden, monitor and protect Microsoft Windows-based networks.

Based on more than 15 years of security assessment and penetration testing experience, this course goes beyond theory and best practices and delivers proven, field-tested solutions for mitigating, monitoring and protecting Microsoft Windows-based networks.

Students will learn in a hands-on environment that resembles a real-world network consisting of Windows Servers and Workstations, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Active Directory, Kali Linux, and more. Students will learn effective countermeasures to defend against common attack tools and techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply operating system and Active Directory hardening techniques, mitigate legacy software risks and design tolerant networks that are resistant to present and future threats.

On the first day, students are given the opportunity to learn, through hands-on exercises, the most common attack techniques. Digital Boundary Group custom, free and open source tools are used to enumerate, and exploit Windows hosts found in our virtual network. Days 2 and 3 focus on attack mitigation using field-proven hardening techniques found in Windows, Active Directory Group Policy and implementation of free mitigation tools published by Microsoft and Oracle.

Students will install and configure a host and network intrusion detection system utilizing Syslog, Snort and Windows Events. Students can export the configuration files for easy deployment in their own networks.

On the last day students will take part in a final lab scenario consisting of two phases:

Phase One
Tests the Student’s ability to implement a host and network intrusion detection system on a virtual Windows network. Students must identify intrusion attempts by running a set of automated attacks.

Phase Two
Tests the Student’s ability to harden a virtual Windows network using the various techniques learned during the class. A set of automated attacks will attempt to break into the network, indicating success or failure of successful hardening.

Course Instructor:

Digital Boundary Group

Course Schedule:

Course will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, and will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Rate: $2,360
Associate Member Rate: $3,540
Non-member Rate: $4,720


Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.
For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact Gail Patterson, Registrar, via email, Gail@nwppa.org, or call (360) 816-1450. 

Safety Measures:

As we continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 levels, we understand that the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community are of highest concern. We are asking everyone to do their part. NWPPA and local venues will follow applicable federal, state, and local health protocols. Assumption of Risk: COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is not possible for NWPPA or anyone else to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NWPPA and voluntarily enter onto premises where its conference is held, you are accepting the risk, without right of claim against NWPPA and its directors, employees, or agents, of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 and its variants.


Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 32 continuing hours. Certificates are available upon full completion of the course.

The International Information Systems Security  Certification  Consortium, Inc. accepts Digital Boundary Group’s Security Training Program as credit toward meeting the Continuing Professional Education requirements to maintain the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation (CISSP Constituents will earn 32 CPE Credits).

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.