Sample Solution from
Principles of Information Security (MindTap Course List)
6th Edition
ISBN: 9781337102063
Chapter 1
Problem 1RQ
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Textbook Problem

What is the difference between a threat agent and a threat?

Expert Solution
Program Plan Intro

Threat Agent:

The specific potential or agent that creates problems in the system is called as Threat Agent.

Threat:

The potential that creates hurdles in the system is called as Threat.

Explanation of Solution

Differences between Threat Agent and Threat:

Threat Agent Threat
It is a specific individual or group that create the problem in the system. It is the common potential which can harm the system.
It can be any specific virus, worm, and many more. It can be any common thing like worm which can harm the system.
Example of threat agent is Kevin Mitnick (hacker), and Blaster (worm). Example of threat is Hacking, Spoofing and many more.
It is the specific fundamental which is used to know about who is trying to create the problem in the system. It is the fundamental method which is used to create problem in the system.
Types of threat agents are hackers, worms and many more. Types of threats are physical (fire), natural (climate), technical (software) and many more.
To find and remove a specific threat agent there will be a specific way. Like finding hackers and worms need different approaches. To know about a threat there will be a common way.
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