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Advanced Malware: Protection, Analysis & Detection

Instructor: David Gloag
There will always be those that wish to do us harm, particularly in the computer world. In this lesson, we'll take a look at malware, what it is, and what advanced protection, analysis, and detection of malware looks like.

A New Type of Threat - Malware

We live in a world full of threats. Our children have to contend with the threats from neighborhood bullies, our families have to contend with the threat of sickness and disease, and we even have to worry about the threat of traffic when we cross the street. These are significant, and should give us pause. But if that isn't enough, threats now extend into the digital world; the world of the Internet and computers. These threats are called malware, and they affect many people each day. Fortunately, efforts are being made to address this type of issue. Who knows? Perhaps sometime in the near future threats like these will all but disappear.

What is Malware?

Malware is software created by a party or parties, with the intent of causing havoc within a computer or computers. At times, this simply means disabling, at others it can mean damage. Regardless, it is something we can do without. Malware comes in many forms, and each attacks different aspects of the computer system they target. Some types that you may have heard of include:

  • Spyware - programs that watch what you do on your computer and send that information back to its creator.
  • Keyloggers - programs that record keypresses on keyboard of your computer, and then send that information back to its creator.
  • Viruses - programs that attach themselves to files on your computer system, and perform malicious actions when the file is accessed.
  • Worms - programs that reside in your computer memory that consume resources like memory and processing. Further, they copy themselves to other computers on the network, propagating the issues.
  • Trojans - programs that hide themselves inside other programs like the famed Trojan Horse of Troy. They are simply waiting for an appropriate time to attack.

What does the Protection, Analysis, and Detection of Malware Mean?

Malware is a problem, plain and simple. Detection, analysis, and protection are terms that refer to the steps needed to identify, and eliminate any specific malware occurrence:

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