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Computer-Related Risks by Peter G. Neumann - SRI International

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Chapter 7. A System-Oriented Perspective

The serious problems of lifeare never fully solved. If everthey should appear to be so, itis a sure sign that somethinghas been lost. The meaningand purpose of a problemseem to lie not in its solutionbut in our working atit incessantly.

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7.1 The Not-So-Accidental Holist: A System View

Think of the small as large and the few as many.

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We consider here the importance of an overall systems viewpoint in avoiding computer-related risks. A system is a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole. In computer systems, one person’s components may be another person’s system, and one person’s system may in turn be one of another person’s components. ...

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