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


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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