Is a public health framework the cure for cyber security?

Brent Rowe, Michael Halpern, Tony Lentz

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The public health community has developed robust systems for objectively identifying and studying health threats and coordinating interventions, whereas the cyber security community is still relatively immature in its use of an objective, systematic approach. In this paper, we present a detailed public health framework-including descriptions of public health threats encountered and interventions used-and develop parallels between public health and cyber security threats and interventions. We propose that employing a public health framework to understand individual risk preferences for cyber security can identify the types of interventions and related implementation and communication strategies that will more effectively improve cyber security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-38
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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