14.1. General Workstation Security Guidelines

The single most important, and sometimes controversial, aspect of workstation security is choosing the right operating system or systems. It is okay to run multiple operating systems, as long as the staff exists to properly support them, especially in a large organization. However, the operating systems have to be able to facilitate administrative security, and should ideally allow administrators to use one or two network protocols for communication across the network.

The less traffic there is on the network, the better. It is significantly more difficult to sift through network data looking for patterns when there is a lot of network noise. Because there are more workstations on the network than ...

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