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Guarding the castle keep: teaching with the fortress metaphor

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2 Author(s)
Frincke, D.A. ; Pacific Northwest Nat. Lab., Richland, WA, USA ; Bishop, M.

The computer security field is replete with metaphors - the original and most commonly used metaphor is the computer (or network) as a fortress, the walls of which must be guarded against potential breaches. This metaphor is useful, but like all metaphors, it is not precise. Understanding the differences, between the metaphor of a fortress and the realities of securing a system is crucial to students understanding the subtleties of computer security. We discuss the fortress metaphor as a pedagogical tool, both how it succeeds and how it fails to aid student understanding.

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Security & Privacy, IEEE  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

May-June 2004

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