Shostack + Friends Blog Archive


Applying Utility Functions To Humans?

From Less Wrong:

I’m at The Open Group Security Forum this week in Seattle, speaking about risk and stuff.  Adam gave a great talk about Security: From Art to Science.  One recurring theme all week was the need to borrow from disciplines outside of Comp Sci and Engineering.   When we think about the data owner and their decisions regarding “guns vs. butter” – I’d be willing to bet that utility theory and decision theory have plenty of wonderful bits of experience and knowledge we should be familiar with.