Writing the future history of security research

It’s tempting to file the term “security research” with the likes of “jumbo shrimp” and “somewhat unique” under the heading of oxymorons. Compared to such business disciplines as law, economics, marketing, engineering, data science — and, now, even cybersecurity — business and corporate security lag behind.

While large management firms dabble in corporate security research at a high level, most attention is elsewhere. Government agencies, national laboratories, university centers of excellence, and NGOs produce literature on national and international security issues such as terrorism and espionage. Forecasting firms study and project sales data. Security manufacturers and service providers frequently survey their audiences on specific issues. But business security lacks a rich research tradition such as prestigious law review articles, well-funded medical institutions and journals, or robustly endowed university psychology departments and student labor that drive practice in those fields.

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