Chapter 28: The Future of Computer Viruses

Richard Ford

COMPUTER VIRUSES ARE A FACT OF LIFE FOR THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS (IS) MANAGER. Since 1986, when the first virus was written for the IBM PC, the number of known viruses and variants has skyrocketed; the current total is over 8,000.This chapter describes the virus-related threats that users will face in future.

THE FIRST RECORDED VIRUSES

Although computer viruses are often associated with the burgeoning computing environment of the late 1980s and 1990s, self-replicating code has been around for far longer. In the mainframe environment, codes existed that could fork processes and, replicating wildly, undermine performance. These were the forerunners of today’s computer viruses.

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