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Revisiting computer security in the business world

In my first column (Communications, Apr. 1990) I discussed computer security in the business world. I remarked that whereas the military had always attached great importance to security, business managers regarded it as yet another demand on their budgets, and have required convincing about its importance. As a result, the military made most of the advances in research on computer security for a long time. They have evolved what is now a well-developed doctrine.

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