Implications Of Information Security And Privacy On The Internet

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Internet security refers to techniques for assuring that data stored in a computer cannot be accessed or compromised by anyone without authorization. Common security measures are data encryption and passwords. Routers, firewalls, anti-virus, and anti-spyware can also greatly reduce vulnerability to threats. (“Internet Security”, 2008)
Information security exists where there are policies and procedures in place as well as physical and technical measures that provide CIA. CIA is an acronym for confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Confidentiality shields information from unwanted access or discovery. Integrity prevents the altering of information—whether it’s intentional or unintentional. Availability allows for use of... View More »

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(“Basic Concepts”, n.d.)
Because of the innate openness of the Internet coupling with the original design of the protocols, Internet attacks are generally cheap, quick, easy, and difficult to foresee or trace. It is not necessary for an attacker to be physically present to launch an attack. In fact, many attacks can be carried out from anywhere in the world—and the origin of the attack can easily be invisible.
Much of the interchange on the Internet is not encrypted, which is why anonymity and integrity are difficult to accomplish. This situation subverts applications that are network based—such as financial applications—as well as fundamental mechanisms like authentication. A potential outcome may be that sites become affected by a security compromise at another site over which they have no control.
Rapid growth and use of the network together with hasty deployment of network services can also exploit the Internets vulnerability. Frequently, these services are not planned, constructed, or preserved securely. Rushing to get new products to market, developers fail to adequately ensure that previous inaccuracies are not continual or that new vulnerabilities are not exposed.
The fact that operating system security is rarely a condition for purchase only exacerbates the issue. Reports from commercial operating system vendors often show that sales are driven by customer demand for performance, cost, simplicity, and support. This results in the shipment of “off-the-shelf” operating systems that meet customer demand but lack secure configuration. ...

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