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Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications by Michael G. Solomon

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Chapter 1. Microsoft Windows and the Threat Landscape

MICROSOFT WINDOWS is the most common operating system used today. More than 90 percent of computers use a Windows operating system. Microsoft provides operating system software for a wide variety of solutions, including both client and server computers. The latest Windows releases for server environments provide the most advanced features of the Windows product line.

Those releases contain new and updated security features. Each year brings new and unique threats to violate a system's security. Whether the goal is to crash a system, access information without authorization, or disrupt normal system operation, attackers are finding much vulnerability to exploit.

It is important to understand the ...

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