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The FBI's top 10 online security threats

The FBI has worked with the SANS Institute to develop a list of the 10 most exploited Windows threats. For the fourth time, the SANS Institute has teamed up with the FBI to publish an annual compilation of the top 20 Internet security vulnerabilities. What makes this list particularly important is its focus on vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited rather than on theoretical or potential threats. In most cases, these vulnerabilities are being targeted because administrators failed to properly lock down their systems or install widely available patches. Applying patches and/or tightening firewall configurations to block the SANS/FBI top 20 vulnerabilities could keep administrators from having to put out so many fires and allow them to concentrate on threats as they emerge. The SANS/FBI list is broken down into two parts: Windows threats and Linux/UNIX threats. Some are relatively easy to combat or the method of blocking them is straightforward (for example, P2P threats). Eliminating these easier problems should free you up to tackle the tougher threats that have no simple solution. Below is a summary of the Windows list. I will cover the Linux/UNIX list in a future article. Full Story

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