Computer security is in a sorry state. In contrast to the progress seen in virtually every other area of computing, security flaws have become increasingly dire and the consequences of inadequate security more severe. Computer security issues directly influence and threaten societies around the world.

If you’re tempted to skip over this chapter, permit us to pique your curiosity by reminding you of a few computer security events that have occurred since the last edition of this book:

  • The sophisticated Stuxnet worm, discovered in 2010, attacked Iran’s nuclear program by damaging centrifuges at a uranium enrichment ...

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