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Mitigating Botnet Information Security Risks through EA and the ITSA - Part 4 of 4

posted Apr 1, 2015, 1:55 PM by Christopher Furton   [ updated Dec 13, 2015, 10:35 AM ]

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Mitigating Botnet Information Security Risks through Enterprise Architecture (EA) and the Information Technology Security Architecture (ITSA)

Part 4 of 4

Part IV – Conclusion

In conclusion, botnet activity is a substantial threat to the enterprise environment. With evolving capabilities, botmasters will continue to stay at the cutting edge of technology and devise new ways to avoid detection. Part I of this paper discussed the evolution of botnets from the days of Internet Relay Chat to the modern social media. Propagation techniques have evolved to stay ahead of security professionals and some advanced botnets are specifically designed to attack an intended target of the enterprise environment. Lastly, part I briefly described some of the malicious activities that botmasters use botnets for including distributed denial of service and for-profit activities. Throughout part I, 19 risk area topics were identified that directly relates to botnet activity. If unmitigated, these risk area topics can result in botnet infection and subsequent damages.

Part II of this paper introduced a method to mitigate the risk area topics by implementing the Enterprise Architecture and Information Technology Security Architecture models. Through the layers of these models, it was shown that many of the botnet risks can be mitigated by implementing a holistic approach to information security.

Lastly, Part III of this paper provided a case study where a nation-state uses part of the business continuity planning process of the Information Technology Security Architecture to mitigate a distributed denial of service attack.


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Christopher Furton

is an Information Technology Professional with over 12 years in the industry.  He attended The University of Michigan earning a B.S. in Computer Science and recently completed a M.S. in Information Management from Syracuse University.  His career includes managing small to medium size IT infrastructures, service desks, and IT operations.  Over the years, Christopher has specialized in Cyber Security while working within the Department of the Defense and the United States Marine Corps. His research topics include vulnerability management, cyber security governance, privacy, and cyber risk management.  He holds active IT Certifications including the CISSP, CEH, ITIL Foundations, Security+CE and Network+CE.  He can be found on , , and .  

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