Masterclass: Hacking and Securing Windows Infrastructure
New York, USA
March 2nd – 6th, 2020

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A load of knowledge

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

Implementation workshop

Covering all aspects of Windows infrastructure security that everyone talks about, this workshop will teach you how to implement securing technologies one by one. During this course you will learn how to design and implement secure infrastructures based on the reasonable balance between security and comfort with a deep understanding of a cyber attacker’s capabilities. The course is limited to 15 participants, so reserve your spot today!

This course is ideal for:

• enterprise administrators
• infrastructure architects
• security professionals
• systems engineers
• network administrators
• IT professionals
• security consultants
• anyone responsible for implementing network and perimeter security


The Hacking and Securing Windows Infrastructure course will cover all aspects of Windows infrastructure security from a hacker’s perspective! Our goal is to teach you what kinds of mechanisms allow access to the infrastructure and how they are used to get into operating systems. After completing this course, you will have a penetration tester’s knowledge and tools. And to give you ample practice time, we are offering three extra weeks of labs online!

Course Syllabus

Module 1

Hacking Windows Platform


a) Detecting unnecessary services
b) Misusing service accounts
c) Implementing rights, permissions and privileges
d) Direct Kernel Object Modification

Module 2

Top 50 tools: the attacker’s best friends


  • a) Practical walkthrough through tools
  • b) Using tools against scenarios

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) FBitLocker 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) File format attacks for Microsoft Office, PDF and other file types
  • b) Using incorrect file servers’ configuration
  • c) Basic SQL Server attacks

Module 8

Password attacks


  • a) Pass-the-Hash attacks
  • b) Stealing the LSA Secrets
  • c) Other popular attacks

Module 9

Hacking automation


  • a) Misusing administrative scripts
  • b) Script based scanning

Module 10

Designing Secure Windows Infrastructure

There are thousands of solutions on the market designed to enrich security in our infrastructure. This module will use a holistic approach to provide a complete understanding of the areas that can be secured and the measures that can be implemented.

Module 11

Securing Windows Platform


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

Module 12

Malware Protection


  • a) Techniques used by modern malware
  • b) Malware investigation techniques
  • c) Implementing rights, permissions and privileges
  • d) Implementing protection mechanisms

Module 13

Managing Physical Security


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

Module 14

Deploying and configuring Public Key Infrastructure


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

Module 15

Configuring Secure Communication


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

Module 16

Securing Web Server


  • a) Configuring IIS features for security
  • b) Deploying Server Name Indication and Centralized 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

Providing Data Security and Availability


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

Module 18

Mitigating the common password attacks


  • a) Performing Pass-the-Hash attack and implementing prevention
  • b) Performing the LSA Secrets dump and implementing prevention

Module 19

Automating Windows Security


  • a) Implementing Advanced GPO Features
  • b) Deploying Software Restriction: Applocker
  • c) Advanced Powershell for administration
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Your teacher

Paula Januszkiewicz

Founder and CEO of CQURE

The course is delivered by Paula Januszkiewicz, CEO of CQURE, a world-renowned expert in the cyber security field with practical knowledge from dozens of successful projects, years of real-world experience, great teaching skills, and no mercy for misconfigurations or insecure solutions.

Mike Jankowski-Lorek


Dr. Mike is a solution architect, developer, data scientist and security expert with more than 12-years’ experience in the field. He designs and implements solutions for Databases, Network & Management area, mainly for Microsoft platform for medium to enterprise level organizations.



You should have a good understanding of how operating systems work.


You should have good hands-on experience in administering Windows infrastructure. At least 8 years in the field is recommended.


Ideally you should have read “Windows Internals” by Mark Russinovich.