Introduction to Malware

Introduction to Malware

Ciaran Rooney

20 years: technology, cybersecurity & operations

If you’re of a certain age, you might remember trying to download music from a file sharing service - and getting a computer virus instead. Malware, once a cheeky pastime for computer engineers, has become a behemoth. Instead of slowing your computer down, they’re now holding it to ransom. Join Ciarán Rooney as he explores what malware is, the specific kinds and the damage they have inflicted in the real world.

If you’re of a certain age, you might remember trying to download music from a file sharing service - and getting a computer virus instead. Malware, once a cheeky pastime for computer engineers, has become a behemoth. Instead of slowing your computer down, they’re now holding it to ransom. Join Ciarán Rooney as he explores what malware is, the specific kinds and the damage they have inflicted in the real world.

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Introduction to Malware

12 mins 7 secs

Overview

Malware, formed from the words 'malicious and 'software', is a broad term for any software that harms a device, server or network, or otherwise interferes with its normal functioning. Early examples of malware were harmless and not designed to inflict damage. However, this soon changed. We now have various types of malware including: worms, viruses, ransomware, spyware, wipers and bots.

Key learning objectives:

  • Define malware

  • Identify specific types of malware

  • Understand the real world damage inflicted by malware

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Ciaran Rooney

Ciaran Rooney

Ciarán is the Chief Technology Officer of Finance Unlocked Ltd, the company behind the learning platforms Finance Unlocked and Sustainability Unlocked. He has over 20 years of experience in technology, cybersecurity and operations. Ciarán has held the role of CTO of several successful startups, including; busuu, one of the world's largest language learning platforms; the ad tech company Skimlinks, a content monetisation platform for some of the world's largest online publishers; and Swoon, a leading direct to consumer furniture brand. He has also been a technical consultant, a startup mentor, a conference speaker, and the Chair of the PHP UK Conference.

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