Identify and Explain Basic Malicious Code Threats and Common Defensive Mechanisms

This exam objective requires that you understand the specific malicious code threats that exist in modern computing environments. Knowledge of offensive mechanisms that malicious individuals use is essential to erecting and maintaining effective defense mechanisms. Common types of malicious code include viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and logic bombs.

Viruses are parasitic segments of code that spread themselves from computer to computer by attaching to legitimate programs or portions of the operating system. Viruses do not always contain malicious payloads, but the potential for destructive or unwanted behavior is always present in such software. The primary virus ...

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