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Harboring DataInformation Security, Law, and the Corporation$
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Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760089

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760089.001.0001

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Looking at Information Security Through an Interdisciplinary Lens

Looking at Information Security Through an Interdisciplinary Lens

Computer Science as a Social Science: Applications to Computer Security

(p.19) 1 Looking at Information Security Through an Interdisciplinary Lens
Harboring Data

Jonathan Pincus

Sarah Blankinship

Tomasz Ostwald

Stanford University Press

This chapter argues for a multidisciplinary perspective in analyzing information security. Developing the best information security practices requires broadening the scope of current perspectives on information security. Although computer science is not traditionally viewed as a social science, problems in its domain are inherently social in nature, relating to people and their interactions. Applying social science perspectives to the field of computer security not only helps explain current limitations and highlights emerging trends, but also points the way toward a radical rethinking of how to make progress on this vital issue.

Keywords:   information security, data security, computer science, social science, computer security

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