Security+ Question of the Week

Which of the following is used to describe a situation where an alert is sent to an administrator when an event is mistakenly recognized as malicious?

  1. True negative
  2. True positive
  3. False negative
  4. False positive

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The correct answer is 4.

When an alarm or alert occurs, that is a positive. When a positive occurs, or when an alarm or alert occurs, but should not have, such as with a benign event, a false positive has taken place. A false positive is when a benign event is miscategorized by a detector as a malicious event.

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