1.3. Implement OS hardening practices and procedures to achieve workstation and server security.

It's important to realize that a key element in securing a system is to reduce its attack surface. The attack surface is the area that is exposed to untrusted networks or entities and that is vulnerable to attack. If a system is hosting numerous services and protocols, its attack surface is larger than that of a system running only essential services and protocols.

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For more information on this topic, refer to Chapter 1 of the CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, 4th Edition (Sybex, November 2008).

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