Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Information Security

  • Andrew J. NeelEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_1220

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Information security is a field focused on protection of data and the computer systems that work with the data. Security is a combination of privacy, assurance, availability, and integrity. In the last century, information security was focused on availability and assurance only and were the only entities that demonstrated any interest in privacy or integrity. Even so, these concepts were largely academic in nature and provided opportunity for researchers to examine previously undiscovered methods of maintaining privacy and integrity. Private businesses focused their attention on revenue-generating services. Consequently, security to business meant that the business had assurance that computer systems functioned as designed and that the systems were available at all times. Because governments were funding the majority of research in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of MemphisMemphisUSA