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Mitigating the Spread of Malicious Code: How to Influence Human Factors
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this study is to determine how to influence the human factor to mitigate the spread of malware. It is argued that whatever the solutions that are adopted, they are not enough if the human factor does not take into account, since most of malware need action from humansto be activated. There are many ways that the humans cause the spread of malware and many countermeasures are in place. This study investigated how to encourage the humans to adoptthese countermeasures. A case study approach was used as a method for this study. The data were collected by interviews on one of the Swedish municipality. The protection motivation theory was used to guide the interviews as well as the analysis process. The results show that it is important to take into account all ways of malware spreading and manage the countermeasures in an effective way which ensures that the users perceived the threats of malware correctly. Make the users aware what are the possible countermeasures and make them believe that these solutions are important. It is important to have a strong argument that shows the response cost is lower than the severity of malware that will encourage the users to adopt the countermeasures which lead to mitigate the spread of malware.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Malware, Protection Motivation Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-56542Local ID: d4da0f5b-d0fc-4c5f-ad9c-27af79a33f4aOAI: diva2:1029929
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
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Information Security, master's level
Validerat; 20140626 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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