Mental Models of Computer Security

  • L. Jean Camp
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-27809-2_12

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3110)
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Camp L.J. (2004) Mental Models of Computer Security. In: Juels A. (eds) Financial Cryptography. FC 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3110. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Jean Camp
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  1. 1.Kennedy School of GovernmentHarvard UniversityCambridge

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