[SIGCIS-Members] computer security history

Subramanian, Ramesh Prof. ramesh.subramanian at quinnipiac.edu
Sun Mar 11 15:31:46 PDT 2012

Hi all,
It is interesting to know about the CBI's on-going research on the 
history of computer security. I just wanted to mention a closely related 
topic which spans security and policy: information privacy. It would be 
interesting to study the history and evolution of privacy as related to 
information technologies. A few year ago I wrote a paper on the 
evolution of privacy in India, but I wanted to know if there is any 
similar work that's been done in this area.


Ramesh Subramanian, Ph.D.
Gabriel Ferrucci Professor of Information Systems
Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518.
Email: rameshs at quinnipiac.edu
Web: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1288.xml?Person=23345&type=5
Visiting Fellow, Information Society Project
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511.
Email: ramesh.subramanian at yale.edu
Web: http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/9841.htm

On 3/11/2012 2:53 PM, Jeffrey Yost wrote:
> Jon,
> Very little research has been published to date on the history of 
> computer security.  Given the lack of literature on this important 
> topic (and quality resources to study it), the Charles Babbage 
> Institute proposed and was funded for a three year National Science 
> Foundation-supported study to build infrastructure for computer 
> security history.  We are just getting underway with this project and 
> will be conducting more than 30 in-depth career-spanning oral history 
> interviews with first generation computer security pioneers (these 
> will be transcribed, edited, and freely available--our standard 
> practice with CBI's oral history program).  We will also be actively 
> engaging in archival collection development efforts for computer 
> security documentation (we already have some strong holding such as 
> the Willis Ware Papers and the Donn Parker Papers), and will  publish 
> scholarship from this research project.  An advisory committee 
> of leading computer security pioneers is providing guidance to us on 
> this project.
> Historian and Sociologist of Science Donald McKenzie did a few 
> important articles and book chapters--see his book Mechanizing Proof 
> and an  article (co-authored w/ G. Pottinger)  on high assurance 
> work w/in the DoD (primarily work by the Air Force and Air Force 
> contractors that helped lead to TCSEC or the Orange Book) published in 
> IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 19 (3) (1997): 41-59.
> Also, I did a survey book chapter on the history of computer security 
> standards in de Leeuw and Bergstra's book The History of Information 
> Security a few years ago.  History of cryptography has been far more 
> thoroughly studied and has a significant secondary literature (most of 
> the chapters in the de Leeuw and Bergstra volume are on this topic) 
> and the NSA Cryptologic Museum sponsors a regular conference/symposium 
> on the history of cryptography.
> Cheers,
> Jeff
> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM, Jon Lindsay <jrlindsay at ucsd.edu 
> <mailto:jrlindsay at ucsd.edu>> wrote:
>     Hello all,
>     I have the feeling that the history of computer security, from
>     hacking techniques to the evolution of the information security
>     industry to fearmongering over cybersecurity, is a somewhat
>     understudied area. I have seen some work on the development of
>     government policy and threat framing (i.e., by Myriam
>     Dunn Cavelty) but I'm less aware of anything on the evolution of
>     the technical and industrial dark arts. If there is some good work
>     out there, I would love to see it.
>     Bonus points if you can tell me when the awful phrase "digital
>     pearl harbor" first appeared!
>     Cheers,
>     Jon
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