Are any historians of computing working on the history of security?
What I want to know is when computer security became something that people worried about, separate from concerns about proprietary corporate information, discovery of military secrets/intelligence, etc..
In a sense, computers and security have been connected ever since Enigma and ENIAC. What I have in mind is something more specific (or maybe broader): when did computer programmers, architects, and users begin to think that security was something they needed to pay serious attention to? (Let’s also say non-military users– people who otherwise might not be inclined to consider security a high priority, or might not automatically think about it.) When did they start to worry about outsiders breaking into/taking over their systems?
A quick look suggests that it was the early 1970s, but if there’s a convenient paper on this somewhere, I’d love to know about it.
[To the tune of Evanescence, “Bring Me To Life,” from the album Fallen.]