Computing security in the developing world: A case for multidisciplinary research

Yahel Ben-David, Shaddi Hasan, Joyojeet Pal, Matthias Vallentin, Saurabh Panjwani, Philipp Gutheim, Jay Chen, Eric A. Brewer

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Abstract

Technology users in the developing world face a varied and complex set of computer security concerns. These challenges are deeply tied to a range of contextual factors including poor infrastructure, non-traditional usage patterns, and different attitudes towards security, which make simply importing security solutions from industrialized nations inadequate. Recognizing this, we describe some of the specific security risks in developing regions and their relationships with technical, political, social, and economic factors. We present concrete examples of how these factors affect the security of individuals, groups, and key applications such as mobile banking. Our analysis highlights the urgency of the concerns that need attention and presents an important intellectual challenge for the research community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services and Co-located Workshops - NSDR 2011 Workshop, NSDR'11
Pages39-44
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2011
Event9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys'11 and Co-located Workshops - 5th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, NSDR'11 - Bethesda, MD, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2011Jul 1 2011

Publication series

NameMobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services and Co-located Workshops - NSDR 2011 Workshop, NSDR'11

Other

Other9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys'11 and Co-located Workshops - 5th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, NSDR'11
CountryUnited States
CityBethesda, MD
Period6/28/117/1/11

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Keywords

  • computer security
  • ictd

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Communication

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Ben-David, Y., Hasan, S., Pal, J., Vallentin, M., Panjwani, S., Gutheim, P., Chen, J., & Brewer, E. A. (2011). Computing security in the developing world: A case for multidisciplinary research. In MobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services and Co-located Workshops - NSDR 2011 Workshop, NSDR'11 (pp. 39-44). (MobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services and Co-located Workshops - NSDR 2011 Workshop, NSDR'11). https://doi.org/10.1145/1999927.1999939