2.2. Task 2.2: Managing Ports

Ports represent services available on a system, such as File And Printer Sharing, Domain Name System (DNS), and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). These services provide a good benefit to clients and the network infrastructure as a whole. Ports are also the path into the system for an attacker. To harden a system against attackers, you want to close all ports except those that are required to provide the desired services on a system.

Task 2.1 covered how to manage services. You learned how to view which services are running, how to disable and stop those services, how to lock down the services by managing who can make changes to the services, and how to continuously stop unwanted services from running. This is ...

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