Security Economics: A Personal Perspective

Ross Anderson

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper describes the origins of security economics. The birth of this thriving new discipline is sometimes credited to a talk I gave at ACSAC in December 2001, but the story is more complex. After sabbatical visits to Berkeley in 2001--2 to work with Hal Varian, we organised the first Workshop on the Economics of Information Security in June 2002. Since then the field has grown to encompass arguments over open versus proprietary systems, the econometrics of online crime, the behavioural economics of security and much else. It has started to have a significant impact on policy, with security-economics studies of cybercrime and infrastructure vulnerability being adopted as policy in the EU, while security economics PhDs have got influential jobs in the White House and elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450313124
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2012
Event28th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) 2012 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 3 Dec 20127 Dec 2012
Conference number: 28

Publication series

NameACSAC '12
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery


Conference28th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) 2012
Abbreviated titleACSAC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • economics
  • information security


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