Why Is Information Security an Issue?

Every day the news media reports stories such as these:

  • Someone attacks a university computer and gains access to the records of over 30,000 students and staff members. These records include names, photographs, and Social Security numbers (SSNs).
  • A hospital experiences a cyberattack that prevents hospital staff from accessing computer systems and patient records. Therefore, the hospital must turn away patients until its computer systems and access are restored.
  • A bank loses a backup tape, potentially exposing more than 1 million customer records. The tape is never found.
  • A company that processes credit cards stores unencrypted account information on its servers. Attackers gain access to the servers, exposing ...

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