Essays Tagged "Heise Security"

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Liability changes everything

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Heise Security
  • November 2003

German translation

Computer security is not a problem that technology can solve. Security solutions have a technological component, but security is fundamentally a people problem. Businesses approach security as they do any other business uncertainty: in terms of risk management. Organizations optimize their activities to minimize their cost-risk product, and understanding those motivations is key to understanding computer security today.

It makes no sense to spend more on security than the original cost of the problem, just as it makes no sense to pay liability compensation for damage done when spending money on security is cheaper. Businesses look for financial sweet spots — -adequate security for a reasonable cost, for example — and if a security solution doesn’t make business sense, a company won’t do it…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.