Security Primer: How malware is classified

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The security industry was born at a time when the threat landscape consisted primarily of computer viruses that were spread by floppy disks. Antivirus was the name of the game, and the term “computer virus” was a common topic of conversation everywhere from boardrooms to dining rooms.

Today, the threat landscape has evolved immensely. The security industry has grown to address many different kinds of malware and other threats. Accurately describing these threats gives us the ability to discuss them in a common language and can help t raise awareness and educate the general public.

In this video we give an overview the major criteria that are used to classify malware – propagation, harm done and resiliency. In future videos we’ll describe each of these in greater detail.

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