Where computer security meets national security

Helen Nissenbaum

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This paper identifies two conceptions of security in contemporary concerns over the vulnerability of computers and networks to hostile attack. One is derived from individual-focused conceptions of computer security developed in computer science and engineering. The other is informed by the concerns of national security agencies of government as well as those of corporate intellectual property owners. A comparative evaluation of these two conceptions utilizes the theoretical construct of "securitization," developed by the Copenhagen School of International Relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Computer security
  • Cyber-security
  • Securitization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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