The process of IT system hardening involves a series of steps that are designed to make a system more secure and less vulnerable to cyber attacks and other security threats. Here is an overview of the typical process of IT system hardening:

  1. Identify and Assess Risks: The first step in the process is to identify potential security risks and vulnerabilities in the system. This may involve performing a security audit, vulnerability assessment, or penetration testing. By identifying risks and vulnerabilities, you can prioritize the hardening measures that are needed to protect the system.
  2. Configure the System: The next step is to configure the system to reduce the attack surface and limit potential vulnerabilities. This may include disabling unnecessary services and protocols, removing default accounts and passwords, and implementing access controls.
  3. Apply Security Updates: The system should be kept up-to-date with the latest security updates, patches, and fixes to address any known security vulnerabilities.
  4. Implement Security Controls: Security controls, such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and anti-virus software should be implemented to protect the system and monitor for security threats.
  5. Test the System: The hardening measures should be tested to ensure that they are effective and do not impact system performance. This may involve testing for security vulnerabilities, performing penetration testing, and monitoring for security threats.
  6. Monitor and Maintain: Finally, the system should be continuously monitored and maintained to ensure that it remains secure over time. This includes monitoring for security threats, applying updates and patches, and performing regular security assessments.

Overall, the process of IT system hardening is an ongoing effort that requires regular attention and updates to ensure that the system remains secure over time.

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