Center for Evidence-Based Security Research

Vern Paxson, Stefan Savage1 and Damon McCoy2

National Science Foundation 1237265

The Center for Evidenced-based Security Research (CESR) is a joint project among researchers at UC San Diego, the International Computer Science Institute, and George Mason University. This interdisciplinary effort takes the view that, while security is a phenomenon mediated by the technical workings of computers and networks, it is ultimately a conflict driven by economic and social issues that merit a commensurate level of scrutiny. As a result, our goal is to tackle key social and economic elements of security: how the motivations and interactions of attackers, defenders, and users shape the threats we face, how they evolve over time, and how they can best be addressed. Our NSF proposal, " Beyond Technical Security: Developing an Empirical Basis for Socio-Economic Perspectives", details the scope and efforts of our project.

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation through the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, together with a variety of industrial supporters and collaborators.

2George Mason

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