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Introduction There have been many excellent papers and books written on securing computer networks They all largely address how to harden your network from the router on down to the switch then eventually to the actual workstation itself In many document cases of compromised networks the end goal of the hacker was to suborn the actual workstation itself The router and sometimes a server of some kind was not actually the end state of the hacker It was normally to gain a toehold on the internal network via a client side exploit Whether that be an operating system exploit or other vulnerability is a moot point To be able to gain access to the all too often soft underbelly of the internal network is quite often the goal of a network hack Once a foothold has been established it is then that the keylogger packet sniffer rootkit and other types of programs to further or hide exploitation are then ferried over to the now compromised computer Much as I mentioned above the actual workstation is often the goal of a hack Funny thing is though I have often heard some computer security people say but they cut right through our router and other security Well that is the whole point of hardening from the operating system outwards One should assume that eventually a determined attacker will make their way to the aforementioned workstation With that in mind one should begin to harden what is often seen as the weakest link in the network security chain the workstation This article will attempt to address this concept of secure from within with some recommendations We must remember also that computer security and complexity really dont get along The more complex the security the more likely it is that it will not be followed by the end user One final note before beginning this article is that the security measures described below are written with a medium to
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