Preparing for Tomorrow's Threat Today: What We Can Learn from the History of Malware and Defenses
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Overview: There is one given in the IT security realm and that is change. The challenges faced by security professionals a decade ago are much different than the challenges we face today. Yesterday's virus is today's custom malware, while denial of service attacks have been replaced with botnets. Many attack vectors of the 21st century are financial in nature. Current FBI estimates indicate that malicious software and attacks targeting identity theft cost American businesses and consumers more than $50 billion a year. This white paper provides a history of earlier attacks and defenses, and points out the directions security professionals need to look to tomorrow.