Computer Insecurity: Risking the System
Security is one of the most significant issues facing the owners and users of computer systems in the Internet age, and recent years have convincingly illustrated that the problem is increasing in both scale and cost.
Computer Insecurity: Risking the System approaches its topic from the perspective of vulnerability – how can your system be attacked? Covering technical issues and human factors, the comprehensively researched text makes reference to numerous real-life security incidents, which help to provide persuasive practical evidence of the problems and the impacts that result.
Key issues covered include:
• the problem of computer insecurity
• the need to raise security awareness
• common failings that compromise protection
• the attack and exploitation of systems
• considerations in responding to the threats
Presented in clear and lucid terms, the discussion is invaluable reading for all business and computing professionals who wish for an overview of the issues rather than a shopping list of the security measures available.
‘In today’s connected world no-one can afford to ignore computer security, this book tells you why, and what you should do about it, in simple non-technical language.’
Dr Jeremy Ward, Director of Service Development, Symantec (UK) Ltd
‘Computer Insecurity contains loads of practical advice supported by an abundance of real world examples and research. If you don’t understand what all the fuss concerning computer security is about then this book was written for you.’Jeff Crume, CISSP
Executive IT Security Architect, IBM and author of ‘Inside Internet Security – What hackers don’t want you to know’
‘I have long been looking for a book that would give answers to why rather than how we cater for Information and Communication Systems Security ... I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone that wishes to extend their knowledge’
Professor Sokratis K. Katsikas, University of the Aegean, Greece
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The Problem of Computer Insecurity
ITs What We Depend On
What Is IT Security?
What Do We Think About Security?
Laying the Foundations
The Need to Raise Awareness
Walking in a Wireless Wonderland?
MalwareA Problem That Just Wont Go Away
Safe Today Vulnerable Tomorrow?
The Case of Benevolent Benjamin?
Once Again the Net Gets Slammed
Your Data in Their Hands
Identity Theft on the Net
Users Go Mobile but Security Stays at Home
Protecting Pocket Devices
Your PC Can Tell a Story
When Admin Got It Backwards
What Are the Users Up To?
Common Failings That Compromise Security
Dont Listen to Me Im Only the Security Officer
Fostering a Security Culture
I Know Security Is Available but How Do I Use It?
The Widespread Nature of Vulnerability
Does Size Make a Difference?
Your System Is Not Invisible
Your Insecurity Someone Elses Problem
Were Safe Weve Got a Firewall
Home Is Where the Hack Is
Accidents Will Happen
Attack and Exploitation of Systems
The Hacker Ethic
Watching Your Own
External Influences and Dependencies
Its Not Just Microsofts Problem
Addressing Vulnerabilities Is Easier Said Than Done
When Vulnerability Reports Can Make You Vulnerable
Informing the Hacker
Doing More Harm Than Good
Buying a Secure Service
Whos Qualified to Help?
Insecurity Here Today Here Tomorrow?
The Carrot or the Stick
Speak Up or Hush Up?
Threats of Tomorrow
Malware on the Move
New Applications New Threats
What to Do Now
Glossary of Terms
An Introduction to Security Standards