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CompTIA® Security+™: Study Guide, Fifth Edition by Emmett Dulaney

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Hardening the Operating System

Any network is only as strong as its weakest components, and it’s your job as a security administrator to make certain that you find these. You must ensure that the operating systems running on the workstations and on the network servers are as secure as they can be.

Hardening an operating system (OS) refers to the process of making the environment more secure from attacks and intruders. The following sections discuss hardening an OS and the methods of keeping it hardened as new threats emerge.

The Basics of OS Hardening

Every operating system offers a unique set of tools and utilities that can be used for security and administrative purposes. Regardless of whether you are running Windows 7, Linux, Windows Server ...

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