2nd Annual Workshop
“Economics and Information Security”

May 29-30, 2003

Robert H. Smith School of Business
Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise

University of Maryland

 

 

“2nd Annual Workshop on
Economics and Information Security”

 

Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
1412 Van Munching Hall
Rouse Room
College Park, MD 20742

May 29-30, 2003

 

The Workshop

A fundamental concern in today's information environment is information security. However, since information security requires the use of scarce resources, an equally important concern is the efficient allocation of funds to information security activities. Thus, questions like the following are continually being asked: Do we spend enough on protecting our computer systems? How should funds that are being spent on information security be most efficiently allocated among specific information security activities?

The economics of security is an important and rapidly growing field of research. Indeed, more and more people are coming to realize that security failures are often due to perverse economic incentives rather than a lack of technical protection mechanisms. (The former often explains the latter.) In other words, in the business world, there are complex linkages between information security activities and economics.

Recognition of the importance of research that integrates economics and information security was highlighted at the Workshop on Economics and Information Security held at UC- Berkeley, in May 2002. The success of that Workshop has lead to an annual event, the second of which will be held at the University of Maryland at College Park. If you would like to present a paper at the Workshop, submit a detailed abstract (PDF format perferred) to Dr. Martin P. Loeb, General Chair by e-mail at mloeb@rhsmith.umd.edu by March 15, 2003. Approximately 20 papers will be selected for presentation and the total workshop participants will be limited to 50. Notification of acceptance for the program will be sent by April 6, 2003.