Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 61–73 | Cite as

Where Computer Security Meets National Security1

  • Helen Nissenbaum


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.


cyber-security computer security securitization 


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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Culture and CommunicationNew York UniversityUSA

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