Vulnerabilities and Safeguards

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 Vulnerabilities and Safeguards:

Vulnerabilities: Desktop systems contain various forms of data, some more sensitive than others. Therefore safeguard measures to secure that data are required. Some users may have limited security awareness the underlying architecture has to compensate for. Client systems can be gateways to critical information systems on a network.

Communications hardware can also harbor vulnerable points of access into a distributed environment. Modems connected to computers that are linked to a larger network can create risks for the network with dial-in attacks. The same applies with data that’s downloaded from the web and carries malicious code such as Trojan horses. The storage devices on client computers may not protected from physical intrusion or theft; and data on client computers may not be secured with a proper backup.


Distributed environments are reliant on multiple security mechanisms to assure vulnerabilities are removed, monitored, or remedied. Clients are required to adhere to procedures that implement safeguards on their contents and their user’s activities.

These safeguards include: 

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