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2008
ACM

Network externalities and the deployment of security features and protocols in the internet

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Network externalities and the deployment of security features and protocols in the internet
Getting new security features and protocols to be widely adopted and deployed in the Internet has been a continuing challenge. There are several reasons for this, in particular economic reasons arising from the presence of network externalities. Indeed, like the Internet itself, the technologies to secure it exhibit network effects: their value to individual users changes as other users decide to adopt them or not. In particular, the benefits felt by early adopters of security solutions might fall significantly below the cost of adoption, making it difficult for those solutions to gain attraction and get deployed at a large scale. Our goal in this paper is to model and quantify the impact of such externalities on the adoptability and deployment of security features and protocols in the Internet. We study a network of interconnected agents, which are subject to epidemic risks such as those caused by propagating viruses and worms, and which can decide whether or not to invest some amoun...
Marc Lelarge, Jean Bolot
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where SIGMETRICS
Authors Marc Lelarge, Jean Bolot
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