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The Role of Internet Service Providers in Cyber Security

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Executive Summary

The current level of insecurity of the Internet is a worldwide problem that has resulted in a multitude of costs for businesses, governments, and individuals. Past research (e.g., Frith, 2005; Gallaher, Rowe, Rogozhin, & Link, 2006) suggests that one significant factor in these cyber security problems is the inadequate level of security maintained by home users and small businesses. Attackers compromise the computers of such users, developing networks of "Zombies" or "Bots" (called "Botnets") through which they send large amounts of spam and conduct other malicious activity.

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