Chapter 7. Attack Vectors and Mitigation Techniques

One of the biggest problems in network security today is that network managers think of security as something to implement after a network is designed. Security, therefore, tends to be an afterthought at best and, in most cases, is often forgotten completely. This has led to many insecure network designs and solutions.

An attack vector is a vulnerability, exploit, or mode that is open to abuse. Vulnerabilities, threats, and exploits lead to network attacks and are problems that have no easy solution, mainly because they are native to the design of the TCP/IP suite. Understanding how and why these attacks are launched, coupled with the proactive prevention mechanisms, can help you protect the ...

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