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The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts. -Eugene H. Spafford

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1. This technology is used to measure and analyze human body characteristics for authentication purposes.
a. footprinting
b. biometrics
c. JBOD
d. anthropomorphism
e. optical character recognition

2. This is an electronic or paper log used to track computer activity.
a. traceroute
b. cookie
c. weblog
d. monitor
e. audit trail

3. This is a series of messages sent by someone attempting to break into a computer to learn which computer network services the computer provides.
a. bit robbing
b. Web services description language (WSDL)
c. jabber
d. port scan
e. service profile identifier

4. This is the name for a group of programmers who are hired to expose errors or security holes in new software or to find out why a computer network's security is being broken.
a. ERM group
b. computer emergency response team
c. tiger team
d. silicone cockroach
e. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

5. This is a mechanism for ensuring that only authorized users can copy or use specific software applications.
a. authorized program analysis report
b. private key
c. service level agreement
d. access log
e. dongle

6. This is is the hiding of a secret message within an ordinarymessage and the extraction of it at its destination.
a. secret key algorithm
b. message queueing
c. spyware
d. bytecode
e. steganography

7. This is a Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) card that offloads SSL processing to speed up secure transactions on e-commerce Web sites.
a. PCMCIA card
b. smart card
c. server accelerator card
d. network interface card
e. intelligent peripheral interface

8. This is a form of eavesdropping used to pick up telecommunication signals by monitoring the electromagnetic fields produced by the signals.
a. reverse engineering
b. magnetoresistive head technology
c. van Eck phreaking
d. electronic data processing (EDP)
e. lurking

9. This enables users of a basically unsecure public network such as the Internet to securely and privately exchange data and money through the use of a public and a private cryptographic key pair that is obtained and shared through a trusted authority.
a. Security Identifier (SID)
b. public key infrastructure (PKI)
c. Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
d. Private Branch Exchange (PBX)
e. Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA)

10. This is an assault on the integrity of a security system in which the attacker substitutes a section of ciphertext (encrypted text) with a different section that looks like (but is not the same as) the one removed.
a. Trojan horse
b. hashing
c. switching fabric
d. swap file
e. cut and paste attack

Answer key: ANSWER KEY: 1b; 2e; 3d; 4c; 5e; 6e; 7c; 8c; 9b; 10e

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