The Evolution of the Threat Landscape – Malware

I have always thought of malware as a synonym for "attackers' automation." Purveyors of malware seek to compromise systems for a range of motivations, as I described in Chapter 1, Ingredients for a Successful Cybersecurity Strategy. Any system that sends and receives email, surfs the web, or takes other forms of input can be attacked, regardless of whether it was manufactured in Redmond, Raleigh, Cupertino, Helsinki, or anywhere else. The AV-TEST Institute, one of the world's premier independent anti-virus testing labs, based in Germany, has one of the world's largest malware collections. (AV-Test Institute, 2020) They have accumulated this collection over 15 years. "Every day, the AV-TEST Institute ...

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