Oracle Security History

  • Paul Wright


The notion of "Oracle Security" could be said to have started with Amun's Temple at the Siwa Oasis in Egypt. The protection of the temple building was used to shield the knowledgeable priest or “Oracle,” as well as their symbolic power. This knowledge and power was so prized that in 331 BC Alexander the Great sought guidance from the Oracle before embarking on his tour of the East. This priority for physical security was shared by the first computer-based “Oracle” in the United States at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1951. ORACLE was the most powerful computer in the world but was only accessible by a single human user locally, thus electronic security was not yet the main concern.


Security Control Symbolic Power Physical Security Great Security Label Security 
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© Paul Wright 2014

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  • Paul Wright
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  1. 1.SurreyUK

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