38 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2010 Last revised: 22 Oct 2013
Date Written: August 15, 2010
In the last ten years economists have become interested in the role of online security in promoting online commerce. This paper reviews the literature, with a focus on the role of incentives in creating and solving security problems, as well as discussion of the scale of the problem, and implications for the future of the internet, including cloud computing.
Keywords: information security, malware, botnets, phishing, breach, internet security, personal information, externalities, lemons
JEL Classification: L86, D62, D82, K2
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