User perceptions and acceptance of benevolent worms - a matter of fear?

Bellamy, Luke, Hutchinson, Damien and Wells, Jason 2007, User perceptions and acceptance of benevolent worms - a matter of fear?, in Proceedings 6th IEEE/ACIS International Conference on Computer and Information Science (ICIS 2007) & 1st IEEE/ACIS International Workshop on e-activity (IWEA 2007), IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, Calif., pp. 29-36.

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Title User perceptions and acceptance of benevolent worms - a matter of fear?
Author(s) Bellamy, Luke
Hutchinson, Damien
Wells, Jason
Conference name International Conference on Computer and Information Science (6th : 2007 : Melbourne, Australia)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 11-13 July 2007
Title of proceedings Proceedings 6th IEEE/ACIS International Conference on Computer and Information Science (ICIS 2007) & 1st IEEE/ACIS International Workshop on e-activity (IWEA 2007)
Editor(s) Lee, Roger
Chowdhury, Morshed U.
Ray, Sid
Lee, Thuy
Publication date 2007
Conference series International Conference on Computer and Information Science
Start page 29
End page 36
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Place of publication Los Alamitos, Calif.
Summary Worms and other forms of malware have been considered by IT Security firms and large companies for many years as one of the leading threats to the integrity of their data and security. However, several researchers over recent years have been working on creating worms which, instead of causing harm to machines which they infect, or the networks on which the machines reside, actually aid the network and systems administrators. Several uses of these worms have been proposed by these researchers, including, but not limited to, rapid remote patching of machines, network and system administration through use of their unique discovery and propagation methods, actively hunting, and defending against, other forms of malware such as "malevolent" worms, viruses, spyware, as well as increasing reliable communication of nodes in distributed computing. However, there has been no hint of commercial adoption of these worms, which one researcher has described as being due to a fear factor'. This paper concentrates on assessing and delivering the findings of user attitudes towards these worms in an attempt to find out how users feel about these worms, and to try and define and overcome the factors which might contribute to the fear factor'.
ISBN 0769528414
9780769528410
Language eng
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2007, IEEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008089

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