Cybersecurity Breaches and Issues Surrounding Online Threat Protection

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Technology has become deeply integrated into modern society and various activities throughout everyday life. However, this increases the risk of vulnerabilities, such as hacking or system errors, among other online threats.

Cybersecurity Breaches and Issues Surrounding Online Threat Protection is an essential reference source for the latest scholarly research on the various types of unauthorized access or damage to electronic data. Featuring extensive coverage across a range of relevant perspectives and topics, such as robotics, cloud computing, and electronic data diffusion, this publication is ideally designed for academicians, researchers, computer engineers, graduate students, and practitioners seeking current research on the threats that exist in the world of technology.

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Michelle Moore has been working in the cyber security industry for the past 20 years both government and in the private sectors. Currently she works for the Department of Defense working in information assurance and risk assessment and is an adjunct professor at George Mason University. She received her PhD in Public Policy with a concentration in Homeland Security from Walden University, Masters in Management Information Systems from Colorado Technical University, and Bachelors of Science in International Business from Strayer University. Her research interests are cyber security, cybercrime, criminal justice, terrorism, risk management, and policy. [Editor]
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IGI Global
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Published on
Dec 12, 2016
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Pages
408
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ISBN
9781522519423
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Security / General
Computers / Security / Online Safety & Privacy
Computers / Security / Viruses & Malware
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