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SSCP® Systems Security Certified Practitioner All-in-One Exam Guide by Darril Gibson

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Exploring Some Basic Controls

There are hundreds of different methods used to implement controls. This section explores many of the more common and relevant controls that you should be aware of when preparing for the SSCP exam.

System Hardening

Hardening a system is the practice of making it more secure from its default configuration. There are several actions that are very important to take when hardening a system, including the following:

Remove or disable unused protocols If a protocol is not being used, it should not be installed. If it’s installed by default but not being used, it should be removed. If a protocol is not running, it can’t be attacked.

Remove or disable unneeded services This is similar to removing protocols that aren’t ...

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