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IDG Contributor Network: Philosophy, Plato, and cybersecurity as a public service

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Jun 16, 2016.

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    If you are unfamiliar with the story "The Ring of Gyges" from Plato's Republic, its relevance to cybercrime is timely, certifying once again that the flaws of human nature transcend time and generation.

    In the story, Glaucon and Socrates are discussing the concept of justice and why people do what is good rather than do what they would prefer to do, which is commit acts of injustice. To make his point, Glaucon recounts for Socrates the tale of Gyges, a shepherd, who happened upon a magic ring. When he turned the ring inward, Gyges became invisible. Twisting the collet outward, he reappeared.

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