On the Meaning of Safety and Security

A Burns, J McDermid, J Dobson

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We consider the distinction between the terms 'safety' and 'security' in terms of the differences in causal structure and in terms of the differences in the degree of harm caused. The discussion is illustrated by an analysis of a number of cases of system failure where the safety and security issues seem, at least at first sight, to be difficult to disentangle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalComputer journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1992

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