Chapter 5

System Security Threats

CERTIFICATION OBJECTIVES

5.01     Identifying Physical Threats

5.02     Looking at Malicious Software

5.03     Threats Against Hardware

QQUESTIONS

IT security threats can apply to software or hardware. Software threats include the exploitation of vulnerabilities and the wide array of malware such as worms and spyware. Hardware threats apply when a malicious entity gains physical access, for example, to a handheld device or a server hard disk. Physical security threats could include employees being tricked to allow unauthorized persons into a secured area such as a server room. Identifying these threats is an important step in properly applying security policies.

1.   Which type of threat is mitigated by shredding ...

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