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.


The Market Consequences of Cybersecurity

Defining Externalities and Ways to Address Them

The preceding chapter reported on the efforts and incentives of a variety of Internet market participants. It indicated a number of market-based incentive mechanisms that contribute to enhanced security but also other instances in which decentralised actions may lead to sub-optimal outcomes. A pressing question is: Are participants in the information and communication markets responding adequately to malware, or are improvements possible? Pointing to a variety of reports that show increases in malicious attack trends, one might conclude that markets are not responding adequately. Our analysis revealed a more nuanced picture.


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