Software Threats

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by klashnekoff, May 10, 2005.

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  1. klashnekoff

    klashnekoff Registered Member

    May 10, 2005
    I am currently studying for an MSc in IT Security and only have the dissertation to complete. My topic is which software poses the greatest security threat, I will be covering the software, victims and perpetrators. The groups I have currently put the software in are malicious software (viruses, worms etc.), dual use software (forensic software, password crackers etc.), file sharing software, software flaws/bugs and poorly configured software. I would be grateful if anyone could give me any ideas, references or useful links regarding this subject, as I have stated in my proposal that security forums are a means of gaining useful information.
    Information regarding any other security forums that may be useful would also be appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. meneer

    meneer Registered Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I don't think that there is one most dangerous kind of software. A virus may be a big risk on one system, but on another it is not. So you might consider making a more explicit statement for your dissertation.
    For software to be a risk, there has to be a vulnerability, either in the code (bad programming), in the config (due to bad management), or in the (mis)use (badly educated users).
    So, a more dimensional statement than just which is the most riskfull, is in order. You might add a second dimension: what causes the particular risk.
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