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Who are you defending against?
There are a number of types of persons that are considered threats. A few examples of these would be:
"Scriptkiddies" - Amateur crackers that are searching the Net for machines that can be easily exploited, generally using automated tools. They are dangerous because they are so common and the toolkits they use are rather powerful. They break systems because they are there, and possibly for bragging rights. They are generally looking for the "easy kill." Scriptkiddies' attacks are usually quite noisy, and they can crash your machines.