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Technical and Human Issues in Computer-Based Systems Security

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Leonardus Arief, Dr Denis Besnard



Computer systems and internet are becoming pervasive in our everyday life. Being online brings the consequence that such systems are prone to malicious attack. This vulnerability, along with our reliance on these systems, implies that it is important for us to do our best in securing them to ensure their proper functioning. In this paper, we are trying to tackle the security issues from both technical and human perspectives. From this dual standpoint, we hope to obtain a better understanding on how computer attacks are performed, including how to gain illicit access, the types of attacks, as well as the potential damage that they can cause. We also uncover sociological and psychological traits of the attackers, including their community, taxonomy, motives and work ethics. This survey paper will not provide a concrete solution on how to secure computer systems, but it highlights the socio-technical approach that we must take in order to obtain that goal.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Arief B, Besnard D

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2003

Pages: 17

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

Source Publication Date: 2003

Report Number: 790

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne