[Air-l] metaphors for internet security

elijah wright elw at stderr.org
Mon Jun 2 12:24:25 PDT 2003


> I was thinking today about what metaphors might be appropriate for
> internet security.  I was considering primarily metaphors based on
> current technology.  If you had to think that the internet security was
> most like a the security issues surrounding another technology, would
> you think that it was more like keeping a house secure, or a wallet?  a
> car secure or a toaster secure?  thoughts?  other ideas?

epidemiological metaphors - the spread of disease, vulnerabilities,
'penetration' of 'susceptible' systems, infestation, worms, parasites,
trojan horses, virii, blah blah blah

the best metaphor-building technology of all: the human body.

elijah




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