Issue No.03 - May-June (2004 vol.2)
Deborah A. Frincke , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MSP.2004.13
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. In this column, we discuss the fortress metaphor as a pedagogical tool, both how it succeeds and how it fails to aid student understanding.
computer security field, metaphor, fortress, pedagogical took, student understanding
Deborah A. Frincke, "Guarding the Castle Keep: Teaching with the Fortress Metaphor", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.2, no. 3, pp. 69-72, May-June 2004, doi:10.1109/MSP.2004.13