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Computer security –
a layperson’s guide, from the bottom up

Karen Spärck Jones

June 2002, 23 pages


Computer security as a technical matter is complex, and opaque for those who are not themselves computer professionals but who encounter, or are ultimately responsible for, computer systems. This paper presents the essentials of computer security in non-technical terms, with the aim of helping people affected by computer systems to understand what security is about and to withstand the blinding with science mantras that too often obscure the real issues.

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  author =	 {Sp{\"a}rck Jones, Karen},
  title = 	 {{Computer security -- a layperson's guide, from the bottom
  year = 	 2002,
  month = 	 jun,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-550}