What Makes a Security Plan?

      Hello, and welcome back to my blog. This week, I would like to quickly discuss the levels that go into making a security plan. These types of plans are an important tool for IT departments and Cybersecurity Administrators to design a plan that will help protect or slow down an attack on the network.     Of course, security plans can vary from company to company; however, their purpose remains the same, with threats looming every day. With IT managers adjusting in response to the ever-changing threats, the created security plan must be designed to stop or slow down any attempt to breach network defenses. Below we will look at the principal components of a security plan and what they entail.    Separate Networks              As the name suggests, having more than one network can protect company assists from hackers and the like. The reason being is that having every computer on one network would lead to issues if that subsequent work were to fail, which would stop operati

32-bit vs. 64-bit: What are the differences

 As with all Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, there are many different flavors. From Home to Pro editions from 32-bit to 64-bit, there is something for everyone. In terms of architecture, what are the differences?


A quick history 


In 1993, Microsoft released Windows NT 3.1, which was a fully 32-bit operating system. This version of Windows brought NTFS to the masses. In 2003, Microsoft would introduce a 64-bit Windows XP edition that took advantage of the 64-bit processors released.


What are the differences?


64-bit processors are more complex than 32-bit versions. This is because 64-bit processors can handle more data at once compared to the 32-bit processors. It can store more computational values, including memory addressing, which means it can access over four billion times the physical memory of a 32-bit version.


In terms of Windows Server, having the 64-bit version of the Server OS would allow for better performance with applications and utilize hardware capabilities. Microsoft Server 2008 was the last 32-bit OS that was released for servers and clients; however, Microsoft did release a version of Server 2008 that is 64-bit around the same time. With the 64-bit Server OS release, applications, such as Exchange 2007, which requires x64 was mandatory, SQL Server 2005 performed better on this architecture.


Another difference between the two is in the file system itself. Windows users may have noticed that two Program Files folders: Program Files and Program Files (x86). Applications all use shared resources on a Windows-based system. These shared files are called DLL files and are structured differently depending on whether it is using a 64-bit or 32-bit application. For example, if a 32-bit application searches for a DLL file and locates a 64-bit version, the 32-bit application would stop working.


Since 32-bit (x86) architecture has been in circulation for many years, plenty of applications utilize the 32-bit architecture. In comparison, 64-bit systems can run on both the 32-bit and 64-bit software. Because of this, two Program File directories on the same computer would allow both 32-bit and 64-bit applications to function correctly. When a 32-bit application requires the DLL file, Windows will know which DLL file to server up.

Thanks again for dropping by my blog. I hope that the content above gave you a little bit of information regarding the differences between a 32-bit and 64-bit system. If you feel that I left anything out, please feel free to add in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.


Until then, take care, and see you next week!



Martindale. (2020, April 23). 32-Bit vs. 64-Bit: Understanding what these options really mean. Digital Trends. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/32-bit-vs-64-bit-operating-systems/

Sugano. (2018, October 11). Windows Server 2008: 32-Bit or 64-Bit? IT Pro. https://www.itprotoday.com/windows-server/windows-server-2008-32-bit-or-64-bit


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