Security cannot be measured

A. Meneely    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, United States

Abstract

Which of the following is more secure: Windows, Mac OS X, or the White House?

All of them have been broken into. They all have security features. A lot of money has been spent on making them secure (some of that money was better spent in some places than in others). They also serve different purposes and have different designs. So which is it? Which is more secure? Or is that a fair comparison at all?

Keywords

Confidentiality; Integrity; Availability; Emergent property; Vulnerabilities; Responsible disclosure practices; Distrustful decomposition

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