Steven M. Bellovin is a professor of computer science at Columbia University, where he does research on networks and security. He received a BA degree from Columbia University, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bellovin has served as Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is serving on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and the Technical Guidelines Development Committee of the Election Assistance Commission; he has also received the 2007 NIST/NSA National Computer Systems Security Award.

Bellovin is the co-author of Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker. He has served on many National Research Council study committees, including those on information systems trustworthiness, the privacy implications of authentication technologies, and cyber security research needs; he was also a member of the information technology subcommittee of an NRC study group on science versus terrorism.

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The Economics of Cyberwar

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2014

Cyberwar is very much in the news these days. It is tempting to try to understand the economics of such an activity, if only qualitatively. What effort is required? What can such attacks accomplish? What does this say, if anything,about the likelihood of cyberwar?