Why Knowing About Shares Is Important

In today's hazardous computing environment it is critically important to understand how many shared resources are in your network and where they reside. Shares by their very nature are vulnerable to attack and can be used as a platform from which to initiate attacks on your network. Shares you know about are vulnerable but can be monitored; shares you don't know about are doubly vulnerable because you don't know they should be monitored.

You likely have more shares on your computer or in your network than you think. For example, many people do not realize that Windows operating systems are typically installed with default system shares. These shares, while often left dormant, can be used by attackers as portals from which to launch an attack.