Computer Security

April–June 2015

IEEE Annals magazine cover

Few areas of computing capture more headlines today than cybersecurity. Yet, with few exceptions, historians have barely scratched the surface of the rich history of computer security (beginning with time-sharing in the 1960s) due in large part to lack of relevant archival and other source materials. This issue is the first of two Annals special issues publishing revised papers from the National Science Foundation's Computer Security History Workshop, which gathered historians and pioneers at the Charles Babbage Institute in July 2014. It markedly advances scholarship on many different critical aspects of computer security history. Read full article »

About IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history through scholarly articles by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand accounts by computing pioneers. Annals is the authoritative archival journal for the history of computing.

Articles from IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

The Origin and Early History of the Computer Security Software Products Industry

The Origin and Early History of the Computer Security Software Products Industry

The first in a two-part series, Jeff Yost leads a tour through the history of cybersecurity, much of which is being recorded for posterity through his own research with the Charles Babbage Institute. Read full article »

The Production and Interpretation of ARPANET Maps

The Production and Interpretation of ARPANET Maps

Explore early Internet history through 20 years of ARPANET maps produced by Bolt Beranek and Newman, and see what the maps tell us about the technological aspects of the young network. Read full article »

Announcements

SIGCIS Mahoney Prize

SIGCIS is offering the Mahoney Prize for the best article on the history of computing. More information »

Special Features

Interview with Jonathan Koomey
In today's era of battery-powered mobile devices, computing is being driven as much by energy efficiency as by performance. Research by Stanford University associate professor Jonathan Koomey discovered that since the 1940s, computers' energy efficiency has doubled about every year and a half. The Inside Story interviewed Koomey to learn more about his research and his predictions for the future. Hear interview and read full article »

The History of the History of Software
In this article, Martin Campbell-Kelly describes how writing software history has evolved over the last 40 years. The article has stirred up strong feelings among writers and readers of computing history. Read full article »

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