Principles of Cybersecurity
This volume introduces students to the technologies and controls that protect our hardware, software, and data from cyberthreats. With everything from schools to financial accounts to vital infrastructure under threat from various bad actors, technological advances require constant new approaches to keep our businesses running, our sensitive information out of the hands of cybercriminals, and our data safe. The recent shift to remote work has increased vulnerability to cyber disruptions. The costs to societies and individuals of cyberattacks are mounting, with the FBI reporting 2022 US losses of over $10.3 billion.
Although newer tools like artificial intelligence can help with predicting cyberattacks before they occur—something traditional security professionals find challenging—these methods can also be used by hackers to learn about and exploit weaknesses in a system. Students and researchers wishing to gain a solid background in cybersecurity and related fields will find this volume an invaluable resource to developing a deeper and meaningful understanding of this important and evolving topic.
Entries are arranged alphabetically to make finding topics easy. Entries include a Fields of Study section related to the particular topic; an Abstract that provides a brief, concrete summary of the topic; Key Concepts important to a proper understanding of the topic; a detailed essay that provides an explanation of the background and significance of the topic; and Further Reading lists of up-to-date references that relate to each entry.
Entries in Principles of Cybersecurity range from one to five pages in length. Topics discussed include:
- Cloud computing
- Threat hunting
- Ransomware and malware
- Systems security engineering
- Combinatorial software testing
- Neural fuzzing
- Zero trust security
- Data and virus encryption
- End-user education
- Blockchain security vulnerability
- and other relevant topics.
The volume also includes a number of helpful appendixes, including:
- A Glossary that defines all of the key specialized terms that are used throughout the book
- A comprehensive general Bibliography and list of Further Reading entries, comprising the works authors drew upon in composing their entries as well as sources for further study
- A Subject Index that offers multiple points of entry for readers
With approximately 125 individual essays, this new volume gives readers a solid overview of cybersecurity and the major concepts and contemporary issues surrounding its role in the real world. This volume will be an important resource for students at the high school and undergraduate levels, especially those considering careers in cybersecurity.