Abstract

Malware is a fast growing threat that consists of a malicious script or piece of software that is used to disrupt the integrity of a user's experience. Antivirus software can help protect a user against these threats and there are numerous vendors users can choose from for their antivirus protection. However, each vendor has their own set of virus definitions varying in resources and capabilities in recognizing new threats. Currently, a persistent system is not in place that measures and displays data on the performance of antivirus vendors in responding to new malware over a continuous period of time. There is a need for a system that can evaluate antivirus performance in order to better inform end users of their security options, in addition to informing clients of prevalent threats occurring in their network. This project is dedicated to assessing the viability of a cloud sourced malware reporting framework that uses distributed agents to evaluate the performance of antivirus software based on malware signatures.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Technology

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Date Submitted

2013-09-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd6533

Keywords

malware, agent technology, antivirus

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