Towards the realization of a public health system for shared secure cyber-space

Jeff Rowe, Karl Levitt, Mike Hogarth

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


It has been a longstanding goal of the cyber-security community to improve the collective security of the general computing population by reducing the attack incidents and the overall susceptibility to attack; we refer to this as improving the public cyber-security. Traditionally, computer security techniques have tried to accomplish this by focusing upon securing specific computing systems and networks. This approach is akin to the practice of medicine in the health care industry to treat illness and disease in individuals. In the field of health care, the collective health of the population is treated by the practice of public health. Currently, there is no analogous public cyber-security system to treat the collective cyber-health of the computing population. We assert that a public cyber-security system, based upon well founded, sound principles currently used in the public health care discipline is needed in order to satisfy our longstanding goal of improving public cyber-security. We outline some of the technical features of such a system and how it might operate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 New Security Paradigms Workshop, NSPW 2013 - Banff, AB, Canada
Duration: Sep 9 2013Sep 12 2013


Other2013 New Security Paradigms Workshop, NSPW 2013
CityBanff, AB


  • Conformance
  • Governance
  • Incident response
  • Monitoring
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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