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.


Survey of Market Participants

What Drives Their Security Decisions?

Participants in the Internet ecosystem are confronted with malware in different ways; their responses are motivated by the specific incentives under which they operate. To better understand these incentives and their effects, a qualitative field research project was designed. In the course of 2007, the research team conducted 41 interviews with 57 respondents from a broad cross-section of organisations. (For more information on the research design and the interviewees, please see the list at the end of this chapter and Annex B.)


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