Microsoft Security perspective

It’s on the MS website and starts like this:
“One of the great mysteries in security management is the modus
operandi of criminal hackers. If you don’t know how they can
attack you, how can you protect yourself from them? Prepare to
be enlightened. This article is not intended to show you how
to hack something, but rather to show how attackers can take
advantage of your mistakes. This will enable you to avoid the
common pitfalls that criminal hackers exploit. Before I get
started, there are several things you need to know about
penetration testing. First of all, a penetration test gone wrong
can have dire consequences for the stability of your network.
Some of the tools used by hackers (criminal and otherwise) are
designed to probe a network for vulnerabilities. Hacking tools
and exploits used against a system can go wrong, destabilize
a system or the entire network, or have other unintended
consequences. A professional knows where to draw the line and
how far he/she can push the network without breaking it. An
amateur usually does not.
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