Why Information Security is Hard-An Economic Perspective

@inproceedings{Anderson2001WhyIS,
  title={Why Information Security is Hard-An Economic Perspective},
  author={Ross J. Anderson},
  booktitle={ACSAC},
  year={2001}
}
According to one common view, information security comes down to technical measures. Given better access control policy models, formal proofs of cryptographic protocols, approved firewalls, better ways of detecting intrusions and malicious code, and better tools for system evaluation and assurance, the problems can be solved. In this note, I put forward a contrary view: information insecurity is at least as much due to perverse incentives. Many, if not most, of the problems can be explained… CONTINUE READING
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