Operating Systems Vulnerabilities (Windows And Linux)

The  operating system (OS) of an information system contains the software  that executes the critical functions of the information system. The OS  manages the computer’s memory, processes, and all of its software and  hardware. It allows different programs to run simultaneously and access  the computer’s memory, central processing unit, and storage. The OS  coordinates all these activities and ensures that sufficient resources  are applied. These are the fundamental processes of the information  system and if they are violated by a security breach or exploited  vulnerability it has the potential to have the biggest impact on your  organization.

Security for operating systems consists of protecting the OS  components from attacks that could cause deletion, modification, or  destruction of the operating system. Threats to an OS could consist of a  breach of confidential information, unauthorized modification of data,  or unauthorized destruction of data. It is the job of the cybersecurity  engineer to understand the operations and vulnerabilities of the OS  (whether it is a Microsoft, Linux, or another type of OS), and to  provide mitigation, remediation, and defense against threats that would  expose those vulnerabilities or attack the OS.

 

There are six steps that will help you create your final deliverables. The deliverables for this project are as follows:

  1. Security Assessment Report (SAR): This report should be a 7-8  page double-spaced Word document with citations in APA format. The page  count does not include figures, diagrams, tables, or citations.
  2. Nontechnical presentation: This is a set of 8-10 PowerPoint  slides for upper management that summarizes your thoughts regarding the  findings in your SAR.
  3. In a Word document, share your lab experience and provide screen prints to demonstrate that you performed the lab.

When  you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the  competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your  work before submission.

  • 1.1: Organize document or  presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets  the requirements of the assignment.
  • 2.3: Evaluate the information in a logical and organized manner to determine its value and relevance to the problem.
  • 5.4: Identify potential threats to operating systems and the security features necessary to guard against them.

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