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A Vulnerable SystemThe History of Information Security in the Computer Age$
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Andrew J. Stewart

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501758942

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501758942.001.0001

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The Wicked Nature of Information Security

The Wicked Nature of Information Security

(p.176) Chapter 9 The Wicked Nature of Information Security
A Vulnerable System

Andrew J. Stewart

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies the wicked nature of information security. It has always been unlikely that there will be a breakthrough in any one specific area of information security that will solve the problems that exist across the entirety of the field. An alternative approach has been to step outside the field of information security and examine information security problems from the perspective of other fields. The security of every computer system depends on a myriad of factors, including the technologies that are employed, the incentives of the users, and the environment in which those technologies and users reside. This means that there is a limit to how much each discipline within the field of information security can contribute to improving the security of any system, whether it be software security, network security, user education, passwords, or cryptography.

Keywords:   information security, information security problems, computer system, technologies, software security, network security, user education, cryptography, passwords

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