The Unreasonable Ineffectiveness of Security Engineering: An Overview


Pavlovic, Dusko (2010) The Unreasonable Ineffectiveness of Security Engineering: An Overview. In: 8th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods, SEFM 2010, 13-18 Sep 2010, Pisa, Italy (pp. pp. 12-18).

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Abstract:In his 1960 essay, Eugene Wigner raised the question of ”the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in natural sciences”. After several decades of security research, we are tempted to ask the opposite question: Are we not unreasonably ineffective? Why are we not more secure from all the security technologies? I sketch a conceptual landscape of security that may provide some answers, on the background of ever increasing dynamics and pervasiveness of software and computation.
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