Financial Cryptography

Volume 3110 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 106-111

Mental Models of Computer Security

  • L. Jean CampAffiliated withKennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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Mental models that may be useful in communicating within security communities can communicate perverse incentives to naïve end users. When experts use models and metaphors in their own explanations and understanding of a systems, the metaphors are used to explain a particular element of a system based on a common understanding. When experts communicate to non-experts then those who are not expert then those end users take more than is intended by the expert.