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August 19th, 2007 at 18:24 UTC by Ross Anderson

Tyler and I have a paper appearing tomorrow as a keynote talk at Crypto: Information Security Economics – and Beyond. This is a much extended version of our survey that appeared in Science in October 2006 and then at Softint in January 2007.

The new paper adds recent research in security economics and sets out a number of ideas about security psychology, into which the field is steadily expanding as economics and psychology become more intertwined. For example, many existing security mechanisms were designed by geeks for geeks; but if women find them harder to use, and as a result are more exposed to fraud, then could system vendors or operators be sued for unlawful sex discrimination?

There is also the small matter of the extent to which human intelligence evolved because people who were good at deceit, and at detecting deception in others, were likely to have more surviving offspring. Security and psychology might be more closely entwined than anyone ever thought.

Entry filed under: Academic papers, Security economics

3 comments Add your own

  • 1. giafly  |  August 21st, 2007 at 17:27 UTC

    Reportedly, women value security more than men do, so they should be the core market. Making “security mechanisms” that women find harder to use does not seem like good business sense.

    “Women value security more than sex” and other anecdotal comments via Google.
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=%22women+value+security%22&btnG=Search&meta=

  • 2. not bitter or anything  |  August 22nd, 2007 at 10:15 UTC

    Hmmm. “Women value security more than sex” does not imply “women value security more than men do”.

    Besides to some people “security” probably means a scrounging opportunity.

  • 3. nitpick  |  August 22nd, 2007 at 12:01 UTC

    “ot even a DVD”
    “allocate scare resources”

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