Software Threats

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

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  1. klashnekoff

    klashnekoff Registered Member

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    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.
     
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    meneer Registered Member

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    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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