Operating Systems And The Operating System

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Operating systems play important roles in the business by bridging the communication between software and hardware. The operating system “It manages the hardware and software resources of the system. In a desktop computer, these resources include such things as the processor, memory, disk space and more” (Franklin; Coustan, 2000) and it is a“ stable, consistent way for applications to deal with the hardware without having to know all the details of the hardware.”(Franklin; Coustan, 2000) These are the functions of the operating system in the simplest form. These two features provide the user the ability to interface different types of software, evolve the operating systems functions to suit their needs, and perform complex interactions…show more content…
Each method or solution will have their advantages and disadvantages associated with them. No matter what method is being considered, there is an important concept that all must remember when addressing any security, including operating system security. That concept or principle is the CIA triangle, which stands for confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Each concept within the CIA triangle is critical to understand and keep in mind deciding which methods, techniques, or solutions to implement operating systems. With keeping the CIA triangle in mind, there are a few techniques or solutions that can be applied to protect the operating system. Each will have its advantages and disadvantages to implementing, but all aim to improve security. Access controls, Antivirus software, system updates, and firewalls are all concept that can be utilized to increase the security of an operating system. When used correctly, each of these methods can be used to maintain a secure operating system, but if used improperly could potentially lead to serious security concerns. Access Controls According to Microsoft, “Access control refers to security features that control who can access resources in the operating system. Applications call access control functions to set who can access specific resources or control access to resources provided by the application.” (“Access controls”, n.d.) Access controls can be greats tool in
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