Security Software

Definition: Security Software can mean anti-virus, anti-spam or anti-malware programs. Many publishers create products for information assurance that are packaged as a suite. Some even include a personal firewall that can be configured to filter incoming and outgoing information from the Internet. Another type of program that supports information assurance at the application level is of the “network monitoring” type. These programs examine each data packet and observe conditions on network devices. If a condition emerges that represents a threat an alarm is sounded.

Its Relevance: Infrastructure owners must avail themselves of information assurance products. The degree of effort needs to be guided by information assurance policies that are based upon a risk assessment in which threats and vulnerabilities are considered along with the criticality of the information assets.

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