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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to Security+
 9  Chapter 3:  Infrastructure Security (Domain 3.0; 20%)
      9  3.1  Devices

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3.1.11  Workstations
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Workstations are the computers on your network that are most likely to be used by end users. (At least, we hope that your non-system-administrator users don’t make a practice of doing their work on servers!) It’s a fancy name for a desktop personal computer connected to a network, usually one which uses files, printers or applications located on one or more network server computers. Workstations are used for day-to-day “work” by users, such as creating documents, writing programs, updating spreadsheets, running graphics packages, etc.

[spacer]PC vs. Workstation

In “UNIX geek” circles, a distinction is sometimes made between “personal computers” and “workstations”, which are considered to be higher-powered PC’s, equipped with enhanced graphics capabilities, used for activities like animation or CAD/CAM. But in the corporate networking world, the terms “personal computer” and “workstation” are used interchangeably.


Workstations typically sit inside the corporate network, with access to internal servers, resources like printers, and possibly the Internet. Users’ access to the Internet may be restricted by web filtering software and/or security measures on corporate firewalls and routers. Unlike a home PC user, who typically has unrestricted access to the Internet from their PC, most corporate workstation users find themselves behind a “guardrail” of some sort.


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