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Security and Databases: A Methodological Approach

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor John Dobson



There is a sharp distinction between a software-oriented view of information and a social view. This distinction has particular implications for the design choices involved in the integration of a conceptual model of security with a conceptual model of data. Such integration raises some difficult philosophical problems. A case study is examined to support the argument that reconciliation of security and privacy issues with data modelling issues through gross over-simplifying assumptions is not only a retreat from the problems we have identified, but can be positively damaging and counter-productive A methodological approach is required to analyse problems where values, organisational and social issues, and facts are intertwined. Relevant ideas from philosophy are raided in order to show how such a methodological approach may be structured, and the details of a design schema are outlined.

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Author(s): Dobson JE

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1988

Pages: 28

Print publication date: 01/09/1988

Source Publication Date: September 1988

Report Number: 264

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne