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Advanced Persistent Security by Araceli Treu Gomes, Ira Winkler

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Chapter 10

Countermeasures

Abstract

Countermeasures mitigate either vulnerabilities or threats to prevent loss. Like vulnerabilities, countermeasures can be categorized into operational, personnel, physical, and technical. It is however important to realize that a vulnerability does not have to be mitigated by a countermeasure in the same category. For example, poor security awareness, which is an operational vulnerability, can be mitigated with multi-factor authentication, which is a technical countermeasure.

It is also important to consider that countermeasures can provide protection, detection, and/or reaction. It may be advantageous to have multiple countermeasures address a single vulnerability. Likewise, a countermeasure might address multiple ...

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