Friday, 2 September 2016

The rise of “malware”: Bibliometric analysis of malware study



Presents a bibliometric analysis of “malware” using the Web of Knowledge database.
Presents the discussion upon the research trends related to malware.
Review on malware detection systems.
Highlights the challenges and future trends in malware detection system.


software (malware) is a computer program designed to create harmful and
undesirable effects. It considered as one of the many dangerous threats
for Internet users. Rootkit, botnet, worm, spyware and Trojan horse are
the most common types of malware. Most malware studies aim to
investigate novel approaches of preventing, detecting and responding to
malware threats. However, despite the many articles published to support
the research activities, there is still no trace of any bibliometric
report that demonstrates the research trends. This paper aims to fill in
that gap by presenting a comprehensive evaluation of malware research
practices. It begins by looking at a pool of over 4000 articles that are
published between 2005 and 2015 in the ISI Web of Science database.
Using bibliometric analysis, this paper discusses the research
activities done in both North America, Asia and other continents. This
paper performed a detailed analysis by looking at the number of articles
published, citations, research area, keywords, institutions, terms, and
authors. A summary of the research activities continues by listing the
terms into a classification of malware detection system which underlines
the important area of malware research. From the analysis, it was
concluded that there are several significant impacts of research
activities in Asia, in comparison to other continents. In particular,
this paper discusses the number of papers published by Asian countries
such as China, Korea, India, Singapore and Malaysia in relation to the
Middle East and North America.


  • Malware;
  • Bibliometric analysis;
  • Malware analysis;
  • Intrusion detection system;
  • Mobile malware

The rise of “malware”: Bibliometric analysis of malware study

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