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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.

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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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