The Importance Of Computer Security

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The Importance of Computer Security Computer security, is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. It includes controlling physical access to the hardware, as well as protecting against harm that may come via network access, data and code injection,] and due to malpractice by operators, whether intentional, accidental, or due to them being tricked into deviating from secure procedures. WHAT IS COMPUTER SECURITY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Many aspects of our lives rely on the Internet and computers, including communications (email, cell phones, texting), transportation (traffic control…show more content…
Although their intentions are sometimes fairly benign and motivated solely by curiosity, their actions are typically in violation of the intended use of the systems they are exploiting. The results can range from mere mischief (creating a virus with no intentionally negative impact) to malicious activity (stealing or altering information). • Malicious code - Malicious code, sometimes called malware, is a broad category that includes any code that could be used to attack your computer. Malicious code can have the following characteristics: o It might require you to actually do something before it infects your computer. This action could be opening an email attachment or going to a particular web page. o Some forms propagate without user intervention and typically start by exploiting a software vulnerability. Once the victim computer has been infected, the malicious code will attempt to find and infect other computers. This code can also propagate via email, websites, or network-based software. o Some malicious code claims to be one thing while in fact doing something different behind the scenes. For example, a program that claims it will speed up your computer may actually be sending confidential information to a remote intruder. Viruses and worms are examples of malicious code. • Vulnerability - In most cases, vulnerabilities are caused
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