[p2p-hackers] Econmics and Information Security 2003 - Final Call for Papers

Ross Anderson Ross.Anderson at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Feb 20 07:01:02 UTC 2003

		 Economics and Information Security

			Second Annual Workshop

		 May 29-30, University of Maryland


Do we spend enough on keeping `hackers' out of our computer systems?
Do we not spend enough? Or do we spend too much? For that matter, do
we spend too little on the police and the army, or too much? And do we
spend our security budgets on the right things?

The economics of security is a rapidly growing field of research. More
and more people are coming to realise that security failures are
often due to perverse incentives rather than to the lack of suitable
technical protection mechanisms. (Indeed, the former often explain the
latter.) While much recent research has been on `cyberspace' security
issues - from hacking through fraud to copyright policy - the field is
expanding to throw light on `everyday' security issues at one end, and
to provide new insights and new problems for theoretical computer
scientists and `normal' economists at the other. In the commercial
world, as in the world of diplomacy, there can be complex linkages
between security arguments and economic ends.

Program committee:

 Ross Anderson (program co-chair) (Cambridge University)
 Larry Gordon (program co-chair) (University of Maryland)
 Marty Loeb (general chair) (University of Maryland)
 Bruce Schneier (Counterpane)
 Jean Camp (Harvard)
 Doug Tygar (UC Berkeley)
 Li Gong (Sun Microsystems)
 Andrew Odlyzko (University of Minnesota)
 Hal Varian (UC Berkeley)

If you would like to present a paper at the Workshop, please submit a
detailed abstract (PDF format perferred) to Dr. Martin P. Loeb,
General Chair by e-mail at mloeb at rhsmith.umd.edu by March 15, 2003.

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