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 Role of End Users, Business and Government

Malware affects individuals, business and government in different ways. All those participants can play a role in preventing, detecting, and responding to malware with varying levels of competence, resource, roles and responsibilities, as called for in the OECD Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks: Towards a Culture of Security (the “OECD Security Guidelines”). Better understanding the roles and responsibilities of the various participants in relation to malware is important to assessing how to enhance the fight against malware.


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