Trojans, Worms, and Spyware

1st Edition

A Computer Security Professional's Guide to Malicious Code


  • Michael Erbschloe
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    Trojans, Worms, and Spyware provides practical, easy to understand, and readily usable advice to help organizations to improve their security and reduce the possible risks of malicious code attacks. Despite the global downturn, information systems security remains one of the more in-demand professions in the world today. With the widespread use of the Internet as a business tool, more emphasis is being placed on information security than ever before. To successfully deal with this increase in dependence and the ever growing threat of virus and worm attacks, Information security and information assurance (IA) professionals need a jargon-free book that addresses the practical aspects of meeting new security requirements. This book provides a comprehensive list of threats, an explanation of what they are and how they wreak havoc with systems, as well as a set of rules-to-live-by along with a system to develop procedures and implement security training. It is a daunting task to combat the new generation of computer security threats – new and advanced variants of Trojans, as well as spyware (both hardware and software) and “bombs” – and Trojans, Worms, and Spyware will be a handy must-have reference for the computer security professional to battle and prevent financial and operational harm from system attacks.

    Key Features

    *Provides step-by-step instructions to follow in the event of an attack *Case studies illustrate the "do's," "don'ts," and lessons learned from infamous attacks *Illustrates to managers and their staffs the importance of having protocols and a response plan in place


    IT Computer and Information Security professionals, Security Managers, network administrators

    Table of Contents

    Preface Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter One: Malicious Code Overview Why Malicious Code Attacks are Dangerous The Impact of Malicious Code Attacks on Corporate Security Why Malicious Code Attacks Work Flaws in Software Weaknesses in System and Network Configurations Social Engineering Human Error and Foolishness Hackers, Thieves, and Spies Action Steps to Combat Malicious Code Attacks Chapter Two: Types of Malicious Code Email Viruses Trojans Back Doors Worms Blended Threats Time Bombs Spy Ware Ad Ware Steal Ware Action Steps to Combat Malicious Code Attacks Chapter Three: Review of Malicious Code Incidents Historic Tidbits The Morris Worm Melissa Love Bug Code Red(s) SirCam Nimda Slammer The Summer of 2003 Barrage of Blaster, Sobig and More Early 2004 with MyDoom, Netsky and More Action Steps to Combat Malicious Code Attacks Chapter Four: Basic Steps to Combat Malicious Code Understanding The Risks Using Security Policies to Set Standards System and Patch Updates Establishing a Computer Incident Response Team Training for IT Professionals Training End Users Applying Social Engineering Methods in an Organization Working with Law Enforcement Agencies Action Steps to Combat Malicious Code Attacks Chapter Five: Organizing for S


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    About the author

    Michael Erbschloe

    Michael Erbschloe an information technology consultant, educator, and author. Michael has also taught and developed technology related curriculum for several universities including the University of Denver, and speaks at conferences and industry events around the world. He has authored hundreds of articles on technology and several books including Information Warfare: How to Survive Cyber Attacks.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Author, educator and security advisor, Washington, DC