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Chapter 14. Security > Basic Computer Security

Basic Computer Security

Computer security is a subject worthy of several books, and some good ones are listed at the end of this book. In addition, computer security is always changing. New hardware and new software arrive constantly, and the rapid evolution of Internet technologies only compounds the problem. New systems, and even changes in existing systems, require new security analyses. Beyond the technology evolution, changing business requirements demand system changes as well.

Key Security Issues

Computer security has many enemies, including complexity, flexibility, and people. Complex software has bugs, which can be exploited by an adversary. Very flexible software is difficult to configure correctly, which leads to errors. An excessive number of users leads to diffusion of the responsibility for security.


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