Computer Viruses and Other Malicious Software

A Threat to the Internet Economy

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Malware attacks are increasing both in frequency and sophistication, thus posing a serious threat to the Internet economy and to national security. This book is a first step toward addressing the threat of malware in a comprehensive, global manner. It informs readers about malware -- its growth, evolution and countermeasures to combat it;  presents new research into the economic incentives driving cyber-security decisions; and  makes specific suggestions on how the international community can better work together to address the problem.


Cybersecurity and Economic Incentives

The past five years have witnessed the emergence of comprehensive efforts to improve the security of information systems and networks. A recent survey by the OECD (2005a) demonstrates that governments have developed national policy frameworks, as well as partnerships with the private sector and civil society, to combat cybercrime. Measures include Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), raising awareness, information sharing and education.


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