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Networking The Complete Reference, Third Edition by Bobbi Sandberg

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CHAPTER

23 Network Security Basics

Security is an essential element of any network, and many of the daily maintenance tasks performed by the network administrator are security related. Simply put, all of the security mechanisms provided by the various components of a network are designed to protect a system’s hardware, software, and data from accidental damage and unauthorized access. The goal of the security administration process is to provide users with access to all of the resources they need, while insulating them from those they don’t need. This can be a fine line for the administrator to draw and a difficult one to maintain. Proper use of all the security administration tools provided by the network components is essential to maintaining ...

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